Ohio Expands WIC Approved Foods to Include Kosher Products

By Agudath Israel of Ohio

Agudath Israel of Ohio announced that WIC Ohio has expanded its list of available foods to include a variety of cholov Yisrael cheeses and yogurts, pas Yisrael bread, bishul Yisrael tuna, and grape juice. The foods will begin appearing on WIC-approved store shelves in the coming weeks.

Gesher, a branch of Agudath Israel of Ohio, reached out to WIC Ohio to work on expanding the kosher options available. Although the request was originally declined due to budget constraints, Gesher worked with an official at WIC who helped resolve the concerns and the expansion was approved to proceed.

Gesher then worked closely with the State to include kosher items that meet WIC policies and guidelines, creating a list of products that met the kosher standards and WIC’s guidelines. The list was compiled by cross-referencing other states’ lists, researching which products are available in Ohio, and registering all the products with WIC Ohio. Gesher then collaborated with WIC-approved stores and distributors to stock those products, and they will be on shelves within the next few weeks.

“Adding more kosher options enables many more families in the community to take advantage of WIC, ensuring that they receive proper nutrition,” said Mrs. Chana Barrett, director of Gesher. “We are grateful to the WIC office for working with us on this project.”

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