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WIC - Women, Infants & Children

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WIC is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well, learn about nutrition, and stay healthy. Nutrition education and counseling, nutritious foods, and assistance with access to health care are provided to low-income women, infants, and children through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program, popularly known as WIC.


Purpose of WIC
To give children the best possible start by providing optimal nutrition during critical stages of development.


Who is eligible and who can apply?
  • Pregnant women
  • Women who are breastfeeding a baby
        under one year of age
  • Women who have had a baby in the
        past six months
  • Parents, step-parents, guardians, and
        foster parents of infants and children
        under five can apply for their children
  • If you have a job or if you have private
        health insurance, you can still apply
        for WIC
  • You do not have to be married to apply
        for WIC


What about Fathers?
FatherFathers of children under age five are encouraged to enroll their children in the WIC program. Just like any other parent or guardian, fathers can bring their children to appointments, attend nutrition education classes, and cash food vouchers for their children. Active participation by fathers is a great help in keeping WIC children healthy.



Who provides the service?
Texas Department of State Health ServicesThe Texas Department of Health runs the Texas WIC Program and provides funds to agencies across the state who run local WIC offices. All kinds of agencies offer WIC services such as local health departments, county and city agencies, migrant health centers, community action agencies, and hospitals. Many local offices are open in the evenings and on Saturdays so that clients do not have to miss work. There are over 400 full-time permanent WIC offices and more than 300 other part-time satellite sites so finding a WIC clinic close to you shouldn't be a problem.



Eligibility Requirements
Income GuidlinesMeet the income guidelines to the left. Households with incomes at or below 185% of the federal poverty income level are eligible. WIC determines income based on gross income. WIC counts all of the members of a household, related or non-related. WIC counts an unborn baby as a household member.

For households larger than 7 members, please call Phone1-800-942-3678 toll free. WIC clients receive an initial health and diet screening at a WIC clinic to determine nutritional risk.
WIC uses two main categories of nutritional risk:
1) Medically-based risks such as history of poor pregnancy outcome, underweight status, or iron deficiency anemia.

2) Diet-based risks such as a poor eating habits which can lead to poor nutritional and health status.

Clients will be counseled at WIC about these risks and the outcome influenced by nutrition education and nutritious foods provided by WIC. WIC clients usually receive services in the county where they live. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement for eligibility. Clients must apply in person except in certain limited cases.



How to become a WIC client?
Call toll-freephone1-800-WIC-FOR-U (1-800-942-3678) between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Monday through Friday to find out where the closest WIC office is to where you live. If you already know the phone number for the local WIC office, you may choose to call the local office for an appointment. Bring documentation of your families income. Bring documents for everybody in your family who works or has a source of income.

Examples of documentation are:
Paycheck stub, recent tax return, letter from your employer.

Applicants and certain family members who receive Medicaid, TANF, or Food Stamps automatically meet income eligibility by bringing proof of their participation in one of these programs and do not have to bring other income documents.

Bring documentation of where you live such as a utility bill, rent receipt, or business letter.


Undergo a simple health screening to determine nutritional risk.



What does WIC provide and who receives the benefits?
WIC provides nutrition education, nutritious foods, referrals to health and human services, breastfeeding support, and immunizations at some clinics. Food vouchers are issued for each client. A family with more than one family member participating in WIC will have more than one set of food vouchers. Both fathers and mothers can receive and spend the vouchers for their children.


WIC Growing Healthy Families
All services are free to those who are eligible.


AppleNutrition Education
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Nutrition Classes

FemaleBreastfeeding Support and Education

  • Clients receive encouragement and instruction in brestfeeding methods
  • You may be eligible for a breast pump from WIC

MilkWIC Foods

  • Milk, Buttermilk, Cheese, Cereals, Juices, Eggs, Beans, Peas, Lentils, Peanut Butter, Infant Formula
  • For breastfeeding mothers, also Tuna & Carrots

ImmunizationChildhood Immunization

  • Some WIC clinics give shots. Others will refer you to a nearby shot clinic

ReferralReferrals

  • WIC refers to a variety of health and social services, including:
  1. Medicaid
  2. Family Planning
  3. Head Start
  4. TANF and Food Stamps
  5. Early Childhood Intervention
  6. Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)


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