LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has sought and received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to revise its policy on donation of unused, returned formula.

Effective May 31, the revised policy now allows Women, Infants and Children (WIC) agencies to donate unused, returned formula to a local non-profit organization. However, under USDA restrictions, the revised policy continues to disallow the reissuance of returned formula to WIC clients. In the instance that a WIC client’s baby is not tolerating the formula originally given, the unused formula must be returned to the local WIC office for formula benefit reissuance.

“We are glad to see this revision from the USDA, as formula donated to local non-profits can be an important source of nutrition for families using our local food banks,‘ said Anne Bianchi, MS, RD Director of WIC.

Before local agencies may donate, they must examine the unused, returned formula for can condition and expiration date, and dispose of any opened, dented, or expired containers. Agencies must also keep an electronic log of unused, returned formula and what action was taken with the formula.

District Health Department No. 10 is the local provider for the WIC program. If you or someone you know has questions about WIC, please visit

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