wicThe District of Columbia Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is adding new authorized items in January 2016.

Effective January 15th, Similac Total Comfort will be an authorized formula with a physician’s prescription.

  • Similac Total Comfort is a 100% hydrolyzed whey protein, 98% lactose-reduced, 19 calories per ounce formula. DC WIC policy allows for Similac Total Comfort to be authorized for cow’s milk/soy protein intolerance.

Effective January 4, DC WIC will issue a new food list, which will expand food choices for WIC participants. These changes include:

  • Addition of 100% whole wheat buns in a 16 oz. package as a whole grain choice
  • Addition of 100% whole wheat pasta in a 16 oz. package as a whole grain choice
  • Addition of barley in a 16 oz. package as a whole grain choice
  • Addition of plain low-fat or fat-free yogurt in a 32 oz. container for women and children over two years of age as a substitute for one quart of milk
  • Addition of dried fruit (to be purchased with the Cash Value Check for fruits and vegetables) for women and children
  • Addition of juice blends (in addition to single flavor juices)
  • Allowance of multi-packs of two of 4 oz. containers of infant fruits and vegetables
  • Restriction of canned vegetables to reduced-sodium, low sodium or no-salt added

Please note that yogurt will not be a choice for children between 12 and 24 months of age. Whole milk will continue to be the standard issuance for one-year-old children. The only substitutions allowed for whole milk for one-year-olds are cheese and tofu.

The complete authorized exempt formula list, as well as the new food list, can be found on the DOH website, http://doh.dc.gov/service/special-supplemental-nutrition-program-women-infants-and-children-wic.

Please contact Paulette Thompson (paulette.thompson@dc.gov or 202-442-5894) for more information.