TEXAS WIC HELPS MOTHERS RAISE HEALTHY BABIES
WIC is a program that stands for ‘Women, Infants and Children’. It’s a nutrition assistance program helps at-risk babies, children and pregnant and nursing mothers through easy access to formula, baby food and basic groceries.
The Texas WIC program helps pregnant and breastfeeding mothers provide a healthy start for their infants and children up to age five.
Austin WIC clients can take home free nutritious food such as fresh fruit and vegetables, milk, baby food and even specialty baby formula. The Texas WIC program also offers access to free nutritional classes and visits to WIC Clinics.
Visiting the WIC Office is where you can begin enrollment. You can also apply online.
START AT WIC CLINIC / WIC OFFICE
At the WIC Clinic, families can be approved and enrolled into the WIC program, get questions answered about your personal situation, learn about nutrition classes and get a WIC Card loaded to shop for FREE nutritional food.
Until a child’s 5th birthday, a large part of their diet can be supplemented with financial assistance from the WIC program. Pregnant women and mothers who breastfeed can also receive food benefits.
To receive WIC, apply on the Texas WIC website or by visiting a WIC Clinic. Once approved, WIC clients will receive a WIC ebt card in the mail. This card is loaded with a monthly allowance by a WIC staff member. The card can be used to buy groceries at PWIC stores, (Primarily WIC stores). PWIC stores make getting WIC-approved items easy. You can find PWIC stores and clinics on our site directory
COMMON TEXAS WIC FAQs
WHY TEXAS WIC?
Texas WIC provides free nutrition support, education and food for a healthy pregnancy, breastfeeding and access to WIC foods.
Pregnant women, Breastfeeding Women, Women Who Have a Baby in the Past 6 months, Infants, Children up to age 5 and Foster Children up to age 5 in Texas who meet income eligibility.
WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM INCOME ELIGIBILITY?
If you are already receiving Medicaid, TANF or SNAP you may already meet the income eligibility guidelines for WIC. If you are not on these programs you may still qualify for WIC by meeting the guidelines for your household. The informational chart below was provided by Texas WIC, and is subject to change.
|Number of Household Members*||Gross Monthly Household Income**||Gross Yearly|
|*A pregnant woman’s household is increased by the number of infants she is expecting. For more than 6 household members, or if you have any income questions, call 1-800-942-3678. This information is provided by Texas WIC, and is subject to change. Last updated 7/20/2021.||**Income can also be determined on a weekly or biweekly basis. For more information, call 1-800-942-3678. This information is provided by Texas WIC, and is subject to change. Last updated 7/20/2021.|
HOW DO I APPLY?
If you want to apply to Texas WIC, start an application online at TexasWIC.org or call 1-800-942-3678. You can also find a nearby clinic on TexasWIC.org and make an appointment to visit.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT FIRST APPOINTMENT?
Have an ID for All Family Members Applying for WIC. It Can Include ANY of the Following:
- Medicaid, SNAP or TANF form/letter
- Driver’s License
- Social Security Card
- Birth Certificate
- Other Proof, (check with WIC for more information)
Plus, Proof of Income for Everyone in the Household, such as:
- Medicaid, SNAP, TANF form or letter (dated the same month as WIC appointment)
- Paycheck status dated within 30 calendar days of WIC appointment
- Social Security benefits statement
- Tax returns
- Child support
- Other (check with WIC for more information)
Also, Proof or Where You Live:
Applications must be Texas residents. Document of proof must have a name, street address, city, state and zip code. Examples include:
- Medicaid, SNAP or TANF form/letter
- Utility bill (electricity, water or phone)
- Rent receipt or letter from landlord
- Other proof (check with WIC for more information)
WIC will measure the height, weight and test the hematocrit or hemoglobin level of each applicant and offer personalized nutrition support.
WHAT SERVICES DOES WIC PROVIDE?
WIC offers personalized nutrition counseling and education.
WIC also helps families by providing nutritious foods to help grow healthy and strong. The monthly food package may include:
Baby formula and baby foods
Fruits and vegetables
100% fruit and vegetable juices
Milk, cheese and yogurt
Whole grains like brown rice, whole wheat tortillas, whole wheat pasta and whole wheat bread
WIC provides free breastfeeding support. To help moms meet their goals. Most WIC clinics offer peer counselors and/or International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. A free breastfeeding support hotline is available for help at 1-855-550-6667. Visit breastmilkcounts.com for more information.
WIC can also connect you to other health services like Medicaid, Texas Health Steps, Children’s Health Insurance Program, SNAP, immunizations and dental care. It can also refer for needs involving childcare, housing, transportation and more!
*Information provided by Texas WIC. Guidelines subject to change.