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New Utah WIC Food Packages. A Change to Address Nutrition Needs Vendor Guidelines for Implementation. New Utah WIC Food Packages. Consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 More fruits and vegetables Emphasis on whole grains Lower saturated fat and cholesterol

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new utah wic food packages

New Utah WIC Food Packages

A Change to Address Nutrition Needs

Vendor Guidelines for Implementation

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New Utah WIC Food Packages
  • Consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005
    • More fruits and vegetables
    • Emphasis on whole grains
    • Lower saturated fat and cholesterol
  • Provide foods that reinforce WIC nutrition education
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New Utah WIC Food Packages
  • Appeal to diverse populations
  • Support and promote breastfeeding
  • Improve nutritional content of WIC foods
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New Utah WIC Food Packages

New Foods include:

  • Fruits and vegetables (fresh, frozen, canned)
  • Whole grain cereals
  • Whole grain breads
  • Baby foods fruits and vegetables
  • Baby food meats
  • Soy beverages
  • Tofu
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New Utah WIC Food Packages

New Foods include:

  • Brown rice
  • Bulgur
  • Oatmeal
  • Soft corn and whole wheat tortillas
  • Canned beans
  • Canned salmon, sardines, and mackerel
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New Utah WIC Food Packages

How Does the New WIC Food Package Rule Affect Retailers?

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New Utah WIC Food Packages

Transact and process Cash-Value Vouchers for fruits and vegetables.

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New Utah WIC Food Packages

A cash-value voucher is a fixed-dollar amount check which is used by a WIC participant to obtain authorized fruits and vegetables (fresh, canned and/or frozen). Fixed cash-value amounts are set at $6, $8, and $10 (These amounts could be split over two or more vouchers).

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New Utah WIC Food Packages

Stock and transact the new WIC foods.

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New Utah WIC Food Packages

Minimum Inventory:

  • At least two varieties of fruits, two varieties of vegetables,
  • At least one whole grain cereal authorized by the State agency
  • Additional food inventory requirements sufficient to redeem the standard food instruments for the rest of the new foods (especially the baby foods), will be implemented.
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New Utah WIC Food Packages

Fruits and Vegetables

  • Fresh - Any variety, fresh, whole; (non organic).
  • Canned - Juice or water packed without added sugars, no heavy syrup
  • Frozen – As authorized
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New Utah WIC Food Packages

Restrictions on Authorized Fruits and Vegetables

  • No added sugars, salt, fats, oils.
  • No white potatoes (orange yams and sweet potatoes are allowed);
  • No catsup or other condiments;
  • No pickled vegetables and olives;
  • No Soups
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New Utah WIC Food Packages

Baby Food

  • Any variety of commercial infant food, fruit or vegetable only, single flavor, without added sugars, starches, or salt (i.e., sodium).
  • Infant food meat with broth or with gravy. Any variety, single flavor.
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New Utah WIC Food Packages

Whole wheat bread/Whole grain bread/Other whole unprocessed grains.

  • Bread, Brown rice, bulgur (cracked wheat), oatmeal, and whole-grain barley without added sugars, fats, oils, or salt (i.e., sodium). May be instant-, quick-, or regular-cooking.
  • Soft corn or whole wheat tortillas may be allowed at the State agency’s option. Whole grain must be the primary ingredient by weight.
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New Utah WIC Food Packages

Whole wheat bread/Whole grain bread/Other whole unprocessed grains.

  • Breakfast Cereals - At least half of the cereals authorized on a State agency’s food list must have whole grain as the primary ingredient by weight AND meet labeling requirements for making a health claim as a ‘‘whole grain food with moderate fat content’’
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New Utah WIC Food Packages

Canned Fish.

  • Light tuna; Salmon, Sardines; Mackerel (N. Atlantic Scomber scombrus, or Chub Pacific Scomber japonicus); - May be packed in water or oil. Pack may include bones or skin. May be regular or lower in sodium content
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New Utah WIC Food Packages
  • Canned Beans– as authorized
  • Tofu- Calcium-set tofu prepared with only calcium salts (e.g., calcium sulfate). May not contain added fats, sugars, oils, or sodium.
  • Soy-based beverages– as authorized
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New Utah WIC Food Packages

The Utah WIC Authorized Food Card will define specific types, brands, and sizes that will be authorized.

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New Utah WIC Food Packages

Redemption of Standard WIC Food Instruments

  • No change to redemption procedures except for the addition of the new foods in the description line(s).
  • There will be NO fruits or vegetables on a standard Utah WIC food instrument.
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New Utah WIC Food Packages

Redemption of Cash-value Vouchers

  • Cash-value vouchers will contain ONLY fruits & vegetables.
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New Utah WIC Food Packages

Redemption of Cash-value Vouchers

  • The cash-value voucher may be redeemed up to the maximum amount printed in the description line. For example: $6.00, $8.00 or $10.00
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New Utah WIC Food Packages

Redemption of Cash-value Vouchers

  • The store cashier MUST write the total purchase of the actual transaction amount. (The actual cost of the fruit & vegetables)
  • DO NOT exceed the maximum cash-value amount.
  • DO NOT give cash back to the WIC customer if the difference is less than the maximum cash-value amount
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New Utah WIC Food Packages

Redemption of Cash-value Vouchers

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New Utah WIC Food Packages

Redemption of Cash-value Vouchers

DO NOT exceed the maximum cash-value voucher amount

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New Utah WIC Food Packages

Redemption of Cash-value Vouchers

Write the exact amount of the purchase

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New Utah WIC Food Packages

Redemption of Cash-value Vouchers

DO NOT provide cash back for a purchase under

the maximum amount of the cash-value voucher

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New Utah WIC Food Packages

Redemption of Cash-value Vouchers

Obtain the authorized signature after placing the

Total amount of the purchase in the “Pay Exactly” box

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New Utah WIC Food Packages

Redemption of Cash-value Vouchers

Follow the same procedure as with

a standard food instrument

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New Utah WIC Food Packages

Questions or Concerns?

Please contact the Utah WIC Vendor Management Coordinator

at 538-6960 or toll-free at 1-877-WIC KIDS

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