We quit using the WIC baby food vouchers after a couple months. We still have a large stock pile of baby food, though. Most of it gets used as a quick snack for our kids or in this recipe for pancakes.
I regret using as many of the vouchers as I did. I feel like I just supported the baby food companies that frequently push too many solids too soon, causing early weening and costing tax payers unneeded expense.
If you’re a mom getting a lot of the jarred baby food, I encourage you to keep getting it if you think you’ll use it and it’s going to help your budget. But do think about if you really need/want as much as you get. Like I said, we didn’t use all our baby food vouchers, but I still feel like we used more than we needed and I feel bad about it.
I learned today I’m not the only one who thinks WIC gives out entirely too much baby food. I saw several posts on this discussion recommending taking the baby food anyway, then giving it to someone who could use it, or donating it.
As sweet as that sounds, it really isn’t what it’s intended for.
Just like you aren’t supposed to give your nephew or a homeless person your medical card so they can go to the doctor, you’re not supposed to be transfering any other government assistance like Food Stamps or WIC. If you won’t use it, don’t get it. Reduce the overall cost of the program. It’s important that the people in charge of programs see how much the programs actually need to cost, not just cost the maximum amount that is allotted.
Anyone else find they get more baby food than their baby needs? How do you use it to help your family eat healthier and cut back expenses? How much do you just leave on the shelf and not redeem?