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Health Care Providers can play a pivotal role in ensuring families have access to nutrition and services provided by WIC. WIC provides health screening, nutrition education, nutrient rich foods, breastfeeding support and referrals to other health and social services. Below, please see the food benefits provided to WIC participants, including pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding women, infants and children up to 5 years of age.

WIC provides women, infants and children, with a qualifying medical condition, certain special formulas and food with authorization from a physician, which is documented on the WIC Physician Authorization Form (PAF).


Formula Recall!

On February 17, 2022, Abbott voluntarily recalled powder infant formulas manufactured at one of their facilities due to potential contamination. The recalled formulas include Similac, Alimentum and EleCare. In response, USDA has provided temporary federal waivers to the WIC program allowing flexibility in making exchanges at the store and allowing WIC to issue non-contract formulas to participants when Similac formulas are unavailable. 

The WIC Program is instructing WIC families to take the following action:

  • Determine if the formula has been recalled. If it is recalled, do not use the formula but keep the cans for exchange. 
  • Exchange their recalled infant formula at the store.  WIC families should be treated like any other customer and provided the same options for return or exchange. 
  • If the formula cannot be exchanged at the store, contact their WIC clinic to receive a new food package.  Additional formulas are available in place of the Abbott contract formulas.
  • Infants receiving Alimentum or EleCare from the WIC Program should contact their health care provider for a Physican Authorization Form for an alternate formula. 


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​Formula Provided by WIC

Prescribe specialty formulas or food changes for INFANTS

When is Medical Documentation Required?

For infants, the Infant PAF must be provided before WIC can issue:

  1. Any formula other than NE WIC contract, standard infant formulas
  2. Any specialized formula, as listed on the WIC Formulary
  3. Any changes to foods provided in a standard six month infant food package

    Physician Authorization Form for Infants

Prescribe specialty formula or food changes for CHILDREN age 1-5

  • Any contract or specialty formula, as noted on the WIC formulary
  • Whole milk for children > 2 years of age. This requires prescription of a specialized formula, as well
  • 2% milk for children 1 year of age

     Physician Authorization for Children

Prescribe specialty formula or food changes for WOMEN

When is Medical Documentation Required?

For pregnant, breastfeeding or non-breastfeeding women, a PAF must be provided before WIC can issue:

  • Any specialized formula, as listed on the WIC formulary
  • Whole milk, which also requires prescription of a specialized formula

    Physician Authorization Form for Women

Additional resources about WIC Foods

Nebraska Food List & Shopping Guide

Common food package examples and choices