Going Gluten-Free with WIC

Sometimes you just need a little help, especially with the way things are lately.  But if you’ve ever looked at the cereals available with WIC, you may have been a little perturbed to see that there are no gluten-free options.

Ah, but there are (at least in Texas) – they just don’t generally tell you about it.

WIC stands for Women, Infants, and Children.  It is a government program for low-income families, designed to help pregnant women and children under the age of 5 to get started on the road to good nutrition.  Typical “packages” include milk, cheese, eggs, cereal, juice, beans or peanut butter, and now fruits and vegetables and whole grains.

In Texas (and I don’t know about other states), if your child is gluten-free (or you as a pregnant mom), you can get a prescription for gluten-free cereal.  Also, if you are in need of non-dairy milk, you can fill out the prescription for that, also.  It asks for a reason, and includes “celiac disease”  and “other, specify”, and it needs to be signed by a doctor.  Upon completion of this, you are eligible to purchase Rice Chex and Corn Chex instead of the other cereals available.

If you are not in Texas, try searching your state’s WIC website, to find out more.

Check out the WIC and General Mills gluten-free brochure.

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