If you are concerned about waiting in an office, let your local WIC office know. WIC locations have procedures to help you get WIC benefits as quickly as possible as some locations may be closed to the public. Please call for information before visiting.

To find your local WIC office: Clinic Search

If your income has changed recently, you may now qualify for WIC.

Call our Participant Support Line: (800) 852-5770

For more information, please visit our COVID-19 Information for WIC Families web page.

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Here are some tips for stretching your WIC benefits and food dollars:


  • Check store ads and websites for sales.
  • Create a weekly meal plan based on sale items.
  • Make a grocery list.
  • Use grocery store loyalty cards.
  • Use coupons.
  • Buy store or generic brands.
  • Take advantage of “buy one, get one free” specials.
  • Buy fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season.

Have Problems at the Grocery Store?

Here is what to do:

  • Ask to speak with the store manager.
  • Contact your local WIC office if you are not satisfied, or
  • Contact the State WIC Program at 1-800-852-5770 or wic@cdph.ca.gov.
  • Save your store receipt.

Report the following information:


  • Date
  • Time
  • Store name
  • Location
  • Names of the staff involved
  • Details of the situation

WIC Shopping Tips

Added sugars are not allowed in some WIC foods, such as juice, canned fruits, frozen fruits and vegetables, and dried fruits. Foods lower in sugars help prevent obesity, diabetes, some cancers, and tooth decay.

Sugar has many names. Some other names include:

Agave or agave syrup
Barley malt
Brown sugar
Cane syrup
Corn sugar
Corn syrup
Dextrose
Evaporated cane juice
Fructose
Glucose
High-fructose corn syrup
Honey
Maltodextrin
Maltose
Maple sugar
Molasses
Powdered sugar
Raw sugar
Sucrose

Artificial, reduced-calorie, and no-calorie sweeteners are also NOT allowed. Some names for them are:

Acesulfame potassium
Aspartame
Malitol
Maltitol
Monk fruit
Nectresse
NutraSweet
Sorbitol
Splenda
Stevia
Sucralose
Truvia
Xylitol

WIC Shopping Tips

Check the ingredients for added sugars or sweeteners. See example of labels for canned pineapple below.



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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
Email: WIC@cdph.ca.gov



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