WIC is a nutrition program for pregnant women, new mothers, and young children. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program, popularly known as WIC, provides low-income women, infants, and children nutrition education and counseling, nutritious foods, and help accessing health care.
Are services free?
Yes! All WIC services are free to those who are eligible.
Who can apply for WIC benefits?
- Pregnant women
- Women who are breastfeeding a baby under 1 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 the age 5.
If you have a job or if you have a private health insurance, you can still apply for WIC. You do not have to be married to apply for WIC.
For information on how to apply for WIC call (toll free): 1 (800) 942-3678
Click here for information about WIC Eligibility Requirements.
- Meet the income guidelines
Households with income at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty income level are eligible.WIC determines each household’s income based on gross income. WIC counts all of the members of a household, related or unrelated, including the unborn baby.
- Be at nutritional risk
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 a history of poor pregnancy outcome, underweight status, or iron-deficiency anemia
(2) diet-based risks such as poor eating habits that 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.
- Live in Texas
WIC clients usually receive services in the county where they live. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement for eligibility.
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