WIC Approved Cheese, Tofu, Eggs, Canned Fish

Below are cheese, tofu, eggs, and canned fish from the WIC-approved foods list and shopping guide.


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  • 16 oz package only
  • Block, shredded, cheese curds, string cheese (not individually wrapped)
  • Kosher (must be specified on shopping list)

Allowed types:

  • American (block or sliced but not individually wrapped)
  • Brick
  • Cheddar (mild or medium)
  • Colby
  • Monterey Jack
  • Mozzarella (except fresh)
  • Muenster
  • Provolone
  • Mixtures of cheese listed (such as cojack)

Do Not Buy: Shredded, sliced (except American), crumbled, cubes, sticks, and other shapes; sharp or extra sharp cheddar, Swiss, fresh mozzarella; cheese foods, spreads, products; specialty; cheese from deli; goat cheese, smoked, herbed, flavored, imported, or organic; reduced sodium, reduced cholesterol, lactose-free; Kosher (unless specified on WIC Shopping List)



  • 16 oz (1lb) container only
  • Choose from these refrigerated brands
    • Azumaya Tofu: Silken, Firm, Extra Firm
    • House Foods: Medium, Firm, Extra Firm

Do Not Buy: Packages not 16 oz; added fats, sugars, oils; organic



  • White, any grade, any size
  • One dozen carton

Do Not Buy: Brown eggs, vegetarian, organic, natural, cage free, free-range, or pasture raised; low cholesterol, reduced fat; increased vitamin E (for example, Eggland's Best) or any other modified or specialty eggs; pasteurized in shell, hard-boiled

Canned Fish

Only for breastfeeding women whose infants are not receiving formula from WIC

Buy: In oil or water

Light Tuna:

  • 5 oz cans (3 oz if printed on WIC Shopping List)

Pink Salmon:

  • 5 oz cans
  • 14.75 oz cans
  • May include bones or skin

Do Not Buy: Albacore or white tuna, sustainable harvested tuna, red salmon; solid, fillet, select; pouches; reduced or low-sodium; specialty; organic

Last Revised: October 31, 2019