WIC Approved Beans, Peas, Lentils, and Peanut Butter

Bean mix

The following are types of beans, peas, and lentils that may be purchased with the benefit that specifies canned or dried beans. The fruit and vegetable dollar benefit cannot be used to buy these items.

Beans, Peas, Lentils


  • Canned: 15-16 oz cans only
  • Dried: 16 oz bag only
  • Plain or low sodium
  • Any brand

Examples include:

  • Black
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Butter
  • Garbanzo (Chickpeas)
  • Great Northern
  • Kidney (red or white)
  • Lima
  • Navy
  • Pink
  • Pinto
  • Red
  • Fat-free refried beans only
  • Mixed types

Do Not Buy: Immature varieties, such as canned green beans, snap beans, yellow beans, wax beans, and sweet peas; fresh or frozen beans and peas (purchase allowed with the fruit and vegetable dollar benefit); added sugars (for example, baked beans); added fats, oils, or meat (for example, pork and beans, refried beans with added fats); added sauces or flavors (for example, chilies, jalapeno, lime, garlic); organic; soups; dried varieties in bulk or store packaged

Peanut Butter


  • 16-18 oz container
  • All brands of creamy, crunchy, extra crunchy, natural, or old fashioned
  • Low sodium/salt, reduced/no sugar, Omega-3

Do Not Buy: Spread (for example, Jif Natural, Skippy Natural, Peter Pan Natural); flavored; reduced fat; individual servings; specialty (for example, whipped, organic, with flaxseed or added vitamins); from refrigerated section or health food, diet (for example, Fifty 50)

Buying Tips

If your WIC Shopping List shows: 1.00 CTR Beans or Peanut Butter

You can buy:

16 oz package dry beans, lentils, peas


16-18 oz jar peanut butter


4 cans, 15-16 oz, beans or peas


4 cans of beans = 1 container (CTR)
So, 1 can of beans = 0.25 containers (CTR)

Last Revised: October 31, 2019