TABLE 6-6 How the Revised Food Packages Were Tailored to Be Readily Acceptable (Criterion 5)

Suitability Requirements of Criterion 5

How the Revised Food Packages Correspond with the Suitability Requirements of Criterion 5

Commonly consumed foods

Widely accepted reference sources were consulted regarding foods commonly consumed in the U.S. (Smiciklas-Wright et al., 2002, 2003; Krebs-Smith et al., 1997; Cotton et al., 2004) and used to identify fruits and vegetables to include in the composites used in the nutrient and cost analyses.

Widely available foods

Availability was considered at state and regional levels as well as across the U.S. and territories.

Current WIC foods are widely available and retained in packages.

The options for fresh produce obtained with cash-value voucher(s), processed fruits and vegetables, or a combination of the two allow states to be responsive to availability in the local area.

Culturally appropriate foods

Reference sources from widely known sources were consulted regarding cultural suitability of foods by subpopulations in the U.S. (ADA, 1994, 1995, 1998a–d, 1999a, 1999b,


Kittler and Sucher, 2004;). Information in these resources supports the importance of allowing milk substitutes and the value of allowing participants a broad selection of fruits and vegetables

Participant choice is allowed for whole grains and for fruits and vegetables.

Yogurt and tofu are allowed substitutes for a portion of fluid milk.

For women, calcium- and vitamin D-rich soy beverage (“soy milk”) is an allowed alternative for milk.

Salmon and other canned fish are allowed as substitutions for tuna.

Foods that provide incentive for participation in the WIC program

More choices are allowed at the state and participant levels.

Food packages for the fully breastfeeding mother/infant pair are enhanced.

Commercial baby foods are provided for infants 6 mo of age and older, with higher amounts for fully breast-fed infants than for formula-fed infants.

Except for Food Package I for infants ages birth to 5.9 mo, the array of foods in the food packages is greater.

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