Food Benefits

The food benefits provided support WIC's nutrition education messages, better promote and support successful long-term breastfeeding and provide more variety of foods. Food benefits are tailored to a participant's needs, as well as age and breastfeeding level. For example, a woman who is fully breastfeeding her baby receives different types and amounts of foods than a one year old child.

To see what specific types and brands of foods are allowed, you may refer to our food list: Maine WIC Food List Effective June 6, 2016 (PDF).

New Tofu options effective August 1, 2017 (PDF)

Letter (PDF) clarifying how milk and soy beverage may be purchased, according to container size

The Maine CDC WIC Nutrition Program provides contract brand specific standard infant formula and jarred infant foods. At this time, the standard infant formula contract is with Abbott for five Similac brand formulas. The jarred baby food contract is with Beech-Nut. Select any of the buttons below to see more information about the allowed formula and infant foods.


Infant Formula: Abbot Similac Formulas

Similac Advance
Similac Isomil


12.4 oz. powder
12.4 powder
13 oz concentrate
13 oz. concentrate
32 oz. ready-to-feed
32 oz. ready-to-feed
6-packs 8 oz. ready-to-feed
6-packs 8 oz. ready-to-feed

Similac Sensitive
Similac Total Comfort
Similac for Spit-Up
12 oz. powder
12 oz. powder
12 oz. powder
32 oz. ready-to-feed
 
32 oz. ready-to-feed
6-packs 8 oz. ready-to-feed

Infant Fruits & Vegetables

Allowed:

  • Beech-Nut Classics
  • Stage 2 only
  • 4 oz. jar

Vegetables:

  • Corn and Sweet Potato
  • Garden Vegetables
  • Green Beans
  • Mixed Vegetables
  • Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Sweet Carrots
  • Sweet Peas

Fruits:

  • Apples
  • Apples and Bananas
  • Apples and Blueberries
  • Apples and Cherries
  • Apples, Mango and Kiwi
  • Apples, Pears and Bananas
  • Apricots with Pears and Apples
  • Banana
  • Bananas and Mixed Berries
  • Banana and Strawberry
  • Mango
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pears and Pineapple
  • Pears and Raspberries

Not Allowed:

  • Non-Beech-Nut brand fruits/vegetables
  • Stage 1 or Stage 3
  • Cobbler, Desserts, Dinners or Meat and Fruit/Vegetable Combinations
  • Yogurt Blend
  • Pouches

Infant Cereal

Allowed:

  • Beech-Nut brand
  • 8 oz. canisters


Not Allowed:

  • Any non-Beech-Nut brand cereals
  • Formula-fortified infant cereal
  • Organic or Sensitive line of Beech-Nut infant cereal
  • Infant cereal with added fruit

Infant Meats

Allowed:

  • Beech-Nut brand only
  • 2.5 oz. jars

Beef & Beef Broth

Chicken & Chicken Broth

Turkey & Turkey Broth

Not Allowed:

  • Non-Beech-Nut brand infant meats
  • Dinners or Meat and Fruit/Vegetable Combinations
  • Stage 2 or Stage 3 Meats