The impact of the ongoing pandemic and the recent 2022 Abbott recall of certain powdered formulas has led to periodic infant formula shortages for all consumers, including WIC families. More information for WIC families on infant formula availability can be found at the California WIC Infant Formula Availability webpage.

Certain lot numbers of Similac, Similac PM 60/40, Alimentum and EleCare powdered formulas have been recalled. Check the lot number on the bottom of your formula to see if your formula needs to be returned. If you have recalled formula, do NOT use it. Return it to the store or call the manufacturer at 800-986-8540 for replacement. Find out more about the recall at the Abbott Recall webpage (


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WIC supplemental foods meet the special nutritional needs of eligible pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to 5-years-old.

WIC Authorized Food List Shopping Guide

The WIC Authorized Food List Shopping Guide (Shopping Guide) is an educational tool that provides information about the foods authorized by WIC. It is designed for participants and WIC authorized vendors to use at the grocery store to help identify WIC foods. The current Shopping Guide became effective on April 2, 2019. The Shopping Guide is reviewed and revised periodically.

WIC families can also get a copy of the current Shopping Guide from their local WIC office. This document is intended for educational purposes only and does not create any rights, obligations or affirmative duties, and does not replace or supersede the WIC Bulletin Regulations. A complete copy of the regulations summarized in this document can be found at

WIC Infant Formula Update

Starting August 1, 2022, many formulas WIC offers will change. Buy the brand, type, size and number of cans included in your WIC Food Balance.

For additional information: Infant Formula Updates

Infant Formula Flyer: English (PDF) | Spanish (PDF) | Arabic (PDF) | Armenian (PDF) | Dari (PDF) | Farsi (PDF) | Hmong (PDF) | Korean (PDF) | Pashto (PDF) | Punjabi (PDF) | Russian (PDF) | Chinese (PDF) | Vietnamese (PDF)

Enjoy Fruits and Vegetables Benefit increase through September 2022!

California WIC has increased the Fruits and Vegetables Benefit dollar amounts through September 2022.

More information on the new Fruits and Vegetables Benefit increase can be found here: Fruits and Vegetables Benefit

Additional Resources

Major Food Changes for April 2, (PDF)

2019 Shopping Guide Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Contract Infant Formula Flyer - English (PDF)

Contract Infant Formula Flyer - Spanish (PDF)

Your California WIC Card

The California WIC Card makes shopping fast and easy. Take a look at this instructional video to find out more:

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CA WIC Customer Service

Automated Tel: 1-888-942-9675
In-Person Tel: 1-800-852-5770

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