Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, also know as WIC, is a program that is designed to help low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children 5 years old or younger who are at nutritional risk. The Texas WIC program accomplishes this by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information that can help provide healthy eating options including breastfeeding, and referrals to health care. If you are looking to know how to apply for WIC in Texas, then read the information provided below.
Texas WIC Eligibility
Who is eligible and who can apply?
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?
Fathers of children under the age of 5 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 classes, and receive and redeem benefits for their children. Active participation by fathers is a great help in keeping WIC children healthy.
Are services free?
Yes! All WIC services are free to those who are eligible.
Who provides the services?
Texas WIC Eligibility Requirements
Meet the income guidelines. Households with incomes at or below 185 percent 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 unrelated. WIC counts an unborn baby as a household member. Click to view Income Eligibility Guidelines (45K, PDF).
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, and (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.
Clients must apply in person except in certain limited cases.
How to Become a WIC Client:
What does WIC provide and who receives the benefits?
WIC provides nutrition education, nutritious foods, referrals to health and human services and breastfeeding support. Food benefits are issued for each client. Both fathers and mothers can receive and spend the benefits for their children.
Texas WIC Eligibility Forms:
Texas WIC Income Guidelines
|Family Size||Weekly||Bi-Weekly||Twice Monthly||Monthly||Annual|
|Each Additional Family Member||+$148||+$296||+$321||+$642||+$7,696|
Apply For Texas WIC Benefits
For information on how to apply for WIC call (800)942-3678.