WIC Program Illinois Authorized WIC Food List - IDHS 4207 (pdf)

State of Illinois
Department of Human Services



100% Whole Wheat Bread, Buns - 16 oz

Whole Wheat Pasta (any shape)- 16 oz

Hodgson Mill, Racconto, Great Value, ShurFine, Our Family, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest, Barilla, Kroger, America's Choice, Hy-Vee, Meijer, Essential Everyday, Simply Balanced

Brown Rice- 16 oz.


Soft Corn Tortillas- 16 oz

Chi Chi's, La Burrita, La Banderita, Don Pancho, Pepito, Guerrero, Santa Fe, Don Marcos, Store Brand, Mission, Azteca

Oatmeal- 16 oz

Old Fashioned, Traditional, Quick-Cook, Rolled Oats (no flavors added)

Cereal- Store Brands

Bran Flakes, Shredded Wheat (frosted, blueberry, strawberry cream), Toasted Oats (plain, multi-­-grain)

National Brands

Kix (plain, honey, berry berry), Chex (corn, rice, blueberry, wheat, vanilla, cinnamon), Corn Flakes, Frosted Mini Wheats, Grapenuts, Complete Bran Flakes (wheat), Grapenuts Flakes, Cream of Wheat (whole grain), Life (plain), Original Malt-o-Meal, Rice Krispies, Cheerios (plain, multi-grain), Mini-Spooners (frosted, blueberry, strawberry cream)

Quaker Oatmeal Squares (brown sugar, cinnamon), Honey Bunches of Oats (whole grain, vanilla bunches, almond, honey roasted, cinnamon)

Infant Cereal

Rice, oatmeal, barley, whole wheat or mixed grain, Beech Nut, Store Brand, Gerber

Not Allowed:

Organic, cereals with added formula, fruit, protein, DHA


Milk - Least Expensive Brand

Fat Free/Skim, Whole, Light/Lowfat/1%, 

Not Allowed:

Flavored or chocolate, buttermilk, rice, goat milk or shelf stable, almond, cashew or other milk alternatives

Only Allowed when printed on Food Instrument:

Half Gallons, Quarts, Lactose Free, Instant Nonfat Dry, Soy Milk, 8th Continent (original or vanilla), Silk (original), Great Value (original)

Cheese - Least Expensive Brand

Natural Cheddar, Provolone, Colby, Muenster, Monterey Jack, Swiss, Mozzarella, Mixtures of cheese listed (Co-Jack)

The above types are also allowed in :  low sodium, low fat, low cholesterol

Not Allowed:

Cheese food, spread, product or imitation, added flavors or ingredients, individually wrapped slices, shredded

Infant Formula

As written on Food Instrument

Meat and Beans

Dry Beans, Peas & Lentils- 16 oz

Canned Mature Beans

Examples include but not limited to:

Black-eyed peas, Garbanzo (chickpeas), Great northern, Kidney, Black, Lima, Red, Navy, Pinto, Refried

Not Allowed:

Soups of any kind, canned green beans, wax beans, snap beans or green peas, seasonings,  added fats, meats or oils

Peanut Butter- Least Expensive Brand

Plain, smooth, creamy, crunchy or chunky.   All types allowed in low sodium

Not Allowed:

Added jelly, jam, honey, marshmallow, or any other combinations, imitation or peanut spread

Eggs- 1 dozen Least Expensive Brand

Grade A or AA Large

Canned Fish- 5 oz

Chunk Light Tuna (water or oil packed), Pink Salmon

Not Allowed:

Lunch Kit tuna or pouches

Baby Meats- 2.5 oz

Plain with broth or gravy

Beech Nut, Store Brand, Gerber

Not Allowed:

Organic, meat sticks

Set a good example for your children-eat well, exercise and avoid harmful substances like drugs, tobacco and alcohol!

Juices, Baby Fruits & Vegetables


Unsweetened 100% Juice

Must have 72mg (80%) or more vitamin C or 120% or more if mg of vitamin C are not listed

Apple, Grapefruit, Orange, Orange-Grapefruit, Pineapple, Grape, Tomato, Vegetable (regular, low sodium), Dole 100% Juice (all flavors), Juicy Juice (all flavors), Old Orchard (all flavors), Welch's 100% Juice (all flavors)

Not Allowed:

Hi-C drinks, fruit or juice drinks, cocktails, juice boxes or organic

Only allowed

when printed on Food Instrument: single serving cans

For those who do not want ready - to - drink juice convert as follows:

48oz = one 12oz frozen concentrate

Baby Fruits & Vegetables

4 oz plain fruits, plain vegetables or a combination of 2 or more plain fruits or vegetables

Beech Nut (classics), Gerber, Store Brand, Pic Select Fresh

*2-packs of 4oz containers equal two 4oz jars

Not Allowed:

Desserts, mixed dinners, no added starches, cereals, DHA or organic or pouches

Fruits & Vegetables


Fruits & Vegetables

Any variety fresh fruit or vegetables

Not Allowed:

Dried fruits or vegetables, Herbs or spices, Fruit-nut mixtures, Salad bar items, Fruit baskets or party trays, added sugars, fats or oils



Any brand with no added sugar

Any variety or mixture of fruits

Not allowed:

Ingredients other than fruit (including sugar)


Any brand, size, package type

Plain vegetables, plain vegetable mixtures

Regular, low sodium

Not Allowed:

French fries, hash browns, tater tots, other shaped potatoes, products with sauce, seasoned, flavored or breaded, mixtures with added pasta, rice or other grains



Any brand, size, container type.

Plain fruit, plain fruit mixture packed in water or juice. Applesauce (no sugar added or unsweetened only)


Any brand, size, container type Plain vegetables, plain vegetable mixtures, tomato products (crushed, whole, puree, sauce, salsa or picante)

Regular, low sodium

Not allowed:

Pasta, rice or other grains,  added fats, oils or condiments,  tomato products with sugars, fats, oils or meats, soups, ketchup, relishes, olives, creamed or pickled vegetables (for example: creamed corn, sauerkraut)

Dollar value is specified on each check. You may pay the difference if the dollar amount of fresh, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables purchased, exceeds the value of the check.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or Local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov.  This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

IDHS 4207 (R-10-18) WIC Program Illinois Authorized WIC Food List Printed by authority of the State of Illinois 2225 copies P.O.# 19-0376