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Temporary Formula Substitutions

Temporary Formula Substitutions

** The last day to purchase Similac brand infant formula temporary substitute formulas is April 30, 2023. **

Effective March 1, 2023

Virginia WIC is Back to Similac!

To help participants during the formula shortage, Virginia WIC received approvals from USDA FNS (United State Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service) and our formula contractor, Abbott Laboratories, that have allowed temporary substitute formula options.

These approvals will be ending soon so please note the following dates and upcoming changes-

April 30th, 2023

  • Last day to purchase Similac brand infant formula temporary substitutes

Unfortunately, Virginia WIC cannot approve ANY exceptions to these end dates or product approvals. Transactions for temporary substitutes will not go through after 11:59 PM on the dates listed above.

If you have any questions or concerns about changing your baby’s formula, please contact their healthcare provider.

If you have any questions about your WIC benefits, please contact your WIC Office.

Find detailed specific temporary formula substitutes on the Temporary Formula Substitution List.

Updated 3/1/23  WIC-Approved Formula Substitution Lists English | Spanish


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The goal of Virginia WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) is to improve the health of pregnant women, infants and children (under 5 years) through better nutrition and access to health care. The Program provides nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, supplemental nutritious foods, counseling at WIC clinics, and screening and referrals to other health, welfare, and social services. To be eligible for the WIC Program, applicants must meet categorical, residential, income, and nutrition risk requirements.

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WIC participants are provided WIC benefits each month, and use their eWIC cards at authorized stores and commissary locations to purchase eligible WIC items. The Virginia WIC Program is committed to ensuring that WIC participants have reasonable access to authorized store locations.

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