Standard 13. Food Package Prescriptions

The local agency authorizes a competent professional authority (CPA) to prescribe food packages that address a participant’s eligibility category and nutritional needs and make available the maximum monthly allowances of State-authorized supplemental foods to a participant.
Purpose: WIC food packages, together with nutrition education, are the primary means by which WIC affects the dietary quality and habits of participants. Making the maximum monthly allowances of supplemental foods available to participants and providing the CPA with the flexibility to prescribe and tailor food packages to meet an individual participant’s nutritional, breastfeeding and medical needs, cultural preferences and current living situation helps participants to achieve positive health outcomes.