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Frequently Asked Questions
about the Food Packages

Why can’t I get canned fruits and vegetables? Texas WIC simplified the program by not including canned fruits and vegetables. Many canned items that could be approved look very much like products that would not qualify. So to avoid confusion and make it easier, Texas WIC decided to include only fresh and frozen items.  

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I know herbs and spices are not included as WIC foods. Can you provide a list of those items?
The following are not available through WIC:

  • Anise
  • Basil
  • Bay leaves
  • Caraway
  • Chervil
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Fenugreek
  • Horseradish
  • Lemon grass
  • Marjoram
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Savory
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Vanilla bean
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What about using coupons or store-member reward cards?
You can use coupons, but depending on the promotion and the store, the coupons may or may not decrease the amount removed from your card. Still, coupons are a great way to save money on non-WIC items. Just be sure to use coupons for things you would normally buy. Otherwise, you can end up spending extra money instead of saving money!

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Why do women and children get different juice containers and sizes?
The maximum amount of juice that WIC can give to children is different than the maximum amount WIC can give to women. So in order to provide the maximum amounts to both groups, the container sizes are different for each group. 

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I plan to breastfeed my baby when he’s born. I’m just wondering why the “mostly breastfeeding package” isn’t available until after the first month the baby is born?  
The first few weeks after your baby is born are extremely important for establishing a good milk supply. It’s as if the baby is “placing his order” for the amount of milk he will need to grow. If you use formula in the early weeks, your milk supply may be “set” at a lower amount than your baby needs. But if you exclusively breastfeed (give your baby only breastmilk and nothing else), you’ll set your milk supply at a high volume and you’ll have an easier time keeping your milk supply high. Since the mostly breastfeeding package includes a limited amount of formula, WIC doesn’t offer it until after the first month.

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