Baby Food on WIC in Texas

Rebecca - posted on 06/04/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Ok, I'm having a problem. Jake just turned 6 months at the end of May so I started giving him some Stage 2 fruit (a friend's son outgrew stage 2 and she gave me her extras). He had lots of problems, it was just too thick. I bought 1 applesauce and 1 banana, Stage 1, and he did well with those. Well, WIC just started at the beginning of this month giving me 64 jars of fruits/veggies and 31 jars meats, but it has to be 4 oz. only, any brand. I can only find Stage 1 in plastic containers that are 2.5 oz in a 2 pack for a total of 5 oz. and they do not qualify. So what am I supposed to do? Get 95 jars of baby food he won't eat? Pay out of pocket for Stage 1 foods when I obviously can't afford it, or else I wouldn't be on WIC? Does anyone know if any brand or store sells Stage 1 in 4 oz. containers? I won't lie, I'm pretty frustrated about this...I didn't want to take WIC in the first place, but I had to; and it's been pretty good (other than an incident where a lady at WIC made me cry because of how rude she was to me), but why can't I get what I need???

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Rachael - posted on 12/27/2011

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you can try thinning the stage 2 foods with formula or breast milk to a thinner consistency. also try calling your social worker or talking to your son's pediatrician. If he can not tolerate the thicker food your doc may be able to write a note explaining the need for the thinner stage one food and you may get an exception with WIC. Also, While I appreciate your desire to get off of public assistance, if the use of food stamps and WIC is helping you get through a tough time with a little less stress I encourage you to use them. I know my tax dollars go to aid families on public assistance and when I see/hear of a family that truly needs the system I have NO PROBLEMS with that. I am blessed that my husband has a good job, and hope that you are taken care of until you are back on your feet since this economy has gone to crap.

Ashley - posted on 12/26/2011

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They don't have it here either what I did was get the stage twos and mixed a little water in it. It won't work with the meats but if not then just get them and save them. When he's ready ull have a nice stockpile ready and u can save when ur off wic.

Brittney - posted on 06/04/2010

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Go to your wic office and ask them to tell you where to find them, they should be able to give you a pamplet that show's examples of what you can and can't get specifically and they will know where to find them at. You might also look for wic specific stores. I live in Florida and there is one near me that accepts wic only. Google wic stores in your area and see if anything pops up. Good luck!

Rebecca - posted on 06/04/2010

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On second thought...I already looked it up on the Gerber and Beechnut websites, and they only show 2.5 oz 1st foods, so maybe they used to make it and don't anymore? Not sure, but it doesn't look like it's available now. Either way, I'll still check at Kroger.

Rebecca - posted on 06/04/2010

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Jackie, I'm in North Texas, and Wal-Mart doesn't have it, but we do have a Kroger so I'll try there. Thanks for the tip!

Jackie - posted on 06/04/2010

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I live in Kansas now but I use to live in Galveston. Arlens Market carried the 4oz stage 1 and most Krogers do to. Not sure what ares you are in but there should be a WalMart or Krogers around you somewhere.

Dikeasha - posted on 06/04/2010

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I live in Texas also and my son just turned 4 months so hopefully you find an answer to this soon!

Rebecca - posted on 06/04/2010

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It's any brand, 4 oz only. Christina, the website is from Gerber, and shows WIC eligible foods, but it's not the same from state to state. Also, the 1st Foods on that website are a 2 pack of 2.5 oz containers, so it's not 4 oz. The 4 oz. jars are 2nd Foods.

As far as food stamps go, we just got off them. We don't want to be on public assistance and never have been in our lives until he got laid off last year along with thousands of other Americans. We did what we had to do to have food and medical care for our kids (well, 1 kid and I was pregnant at the time), but now that my husband has a job we decided to get off food stamps. We still qualify, and we are struggling, but we're making ends meet. We're not ready to get of WIC yet because it gives us some essentials and we can be frugal with the rest of our grocery shopping, but eventually we want to get off. I know it's there for people when they need it, but I'd rather be making enough money to not need it at all. Unfortunately, I don't know how quickly that's going to happen with our economy tanking like it is. But I digress!

Sheryl, Texas changed their WIC approved foods in October 2009, so I think this is all relatively new...they added fresh produce and whole grains to the list as well.

Christina - posted on 06/04/2010

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Ok, it took a little searching but Gerber does show to have 4oz jars of Stage 1 baby food available. Here's the link:

http://www.gerber.com/Assets/wic/GERBER_...

It doesn't tell you where the food is available but they do have it. I suggest walmart, harps, or IGA. I wasn't on WIC when my daughter was that young so I didn't have to look for those. I wish you luck tho.

Oh, if you're on WIC, why not try getting on food stamps. My hubby and I are getting them, we're both unemployed and having a hard time finding work that would pay enough to cover more than get there and back.

The main problem we had with getting started on food stamps was coming up with everything that's required before your application gets reviewed. Things might be different in Texas tho, so I definitely recommend looking into it.

Sheryl - posted on 06/04/2010

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so in taxes wic does baby food? my state didn't do that. they just did the milk or fomula. along with eggs that type of stuff. sure could have use that. that baby food is not cheap.

Sheryl - posted on 06/04/2010

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i would ask them what breands that you can and what store. what they may be meaning is the jars class ones! i know my walmart has those class jars and the others. or you can ask the store! they may be able to help.

Christina - posted on 06/04/2010

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Definitely look online to see if you can find anything. If you look and look and still can't find anything, talk to the people at your WIC office and tell them your problem.

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check out parents choice at walmart? look online to see what brands have the measurements you need.. you could prob also talk to your worker?

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