With Hostess out, other bread brands OK'd for needy

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Utah health officials have turned to other bakeries to provide bread to needy women and children, now that the Hostess brands company has closed.

The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program no longer provides Wonder Bread or Home Pride whole wheat loaves, say state officials.

For a time after the Hostess closure, the only authorized bread was Sara Lee brands. But recently, Smith's 100 percent Whole Wheat Round Top Bread has been authorized and is available for low-income women and children enrolled in WIC who receive vouchers for their purchases.

In the coming weeks, Dunford Bakers also will begin providing two 16-ounce varieties — Dunford Bakers Wheat Bread and Dunford Bakers Multi-Grain Bread — which will be WIC approved.

In addition, three groceries with in-store bakeries are producing WIC-authorized whole wheat bread —Macey's, in Spanish Fork; and Honey's Marketplace and Glazier's Family Market, in Kanab.

All products issued through WIC must meet nutrient and size requirements. Bread must be baked with whole wheat flour as the first ingredient and produced in 16-ounce loaves.

For more information, visit www.health.utah.gov/wic.