Formula Recall

Abbot issued a recall of varieties of powder Similac, Alimentum, and Elecare.

Your Kent County WIC staff are working very closely with State WIC Program officials to resolve this emergent Similac Formula recall situation. Kent County WIC staff are assisting clients to locate alternative formulas and resources until a state-wide solution is put in place.

By clicking the link below, users can access “Formula Recall Information for WIC Participants” including step-by-step instructions on what to do for already redeemed benefits, unredeemed benefits, and special formulas.

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What does WIC Provide?

Supplemental Foods

Foods for Infants (Birth-12 Months)

The WIC Program strongly encourages and provides support for breastfeeding.

Infants who are fully breastfed past 6 months of age will receive pureed jarred baby fruits, vegetables, and meats.

The fully breastfed infant receives nearly three times the amount of baby foods as infants receiving formula.

Iron-fortified infant formula is available for the first year of life for babies who are not fully breastfed. Infants may also receive some infant cereal and jarred baby fruits and vegetables starting at six months of age. Fruit juice is no longer part of the benefits package for babies as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) concluded that juice offers no advantage over whole fruits for infants over six months of age.

Infants and children with specific medical diagnoses may receive a special formula with their pediatrician’s signature and proof of need. Standard prescriptions will not be accepted for special formula requests. See links below for a copy of the required instructions & form.

Foods for Women & Children

Pregnant and postpartum women and children (under 5 years of age) participating in WIC receive food benefits for milk, cheese, eggs, cereals, peanut butter or dried or canned beans or peas, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain bread or tortillas, and fruit or vegetable juices. Women who exclusively breastfeed their babies may also receive extra food, including canned tuna fish and salmon.

Detailed listing of standard maximum food benefits for each category below:
  • Women (Pregnant or Partially Breastfeeding Mothers, Breastfeeding Exclusively or Mothers Pregnant with Multiples, Non-Lactating Mothers)
  • Infants (Exclusively Breastfed Infants, Partially Breastfed Infants, Formula Fed Infants)
  • Children (1 Year Old, 2-5 Years Old)

Special formulas or nutritional supplements are also available to participating women and children who have certain medical conditions. The physician must fill out and sign the required form. To obtain a copy and instructions, click the links below.

Eligible WIC participants receive their benefits through the Michigan WIC bridge card which can then be used to purchase the supplemental foods at participating grocery stores and pharmacies. Only foods listed in the WIC Food Card can be purchased. To see the list of authorized of foods, click on the link below.

If you already have a WIC Bridge Card and would like to check your balance, go to www.ebt.acs-inc.com/ebtcard/miwic.