WIC

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Mission Statement:The primary mission of the Texas WIC Program is to give our most vulnerable children the best possible start by providing optimal nutrition during the critical stages of fetal and early childhood development. To this end, we are committed to serving as many eligible women, infants, and children as we possibly can with the funds provided.

Pregnant women who eat nutritious foods and receive prenatal care are more likely to deliver full-term, healthy babies. Breastfed infants, babies who receive iron-fortified formula and children who eat appropriate nutritious foods build a foundation for lifelong health and increased intellectual potential.

The combination of WIC nutrition education, healthy foods, and access to medical and social programs promotes a better quality of life for Texas children today, and supports their growth and development into fully functioning human beings with a choice and a future.

Purpose of WIC

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

Who is Eligible?

  • Pregnant Women;
  • Breastfeeding Women;
  • Postpartum Women;
  • Infants; and
  • Children younger than 5.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for WIC benefits, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Meet income guidelines (click link below)
    http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/wichd/default.shtm
  • Households with incomes up to 185% of the federal poverty line are eligible.
  • Have a nutrition-related health problem.
    (WIC applicants receive an initial screening at a WIC clinic to find any nutrition problems)
  • Be a resident of Texas
    (WIC clients usually receive services in the county where they reside).
  • U.S. citizenship is not a requirement for eligibility.

How to Become a WIC Client

The following are the steps to becoming a WIC client:

  • Call 1 (888) WIC-HUGS / 1 (888) 942-4847

  • Make an appointment to see if you and/or your household members can become WIC clients.

  • Bring proof of income.


1. Anyone on Medicaid, TANF, or Food Stamps already has the right income for WIC. So, bring proof that you and/or your household members are on Medicaid, TANF, or Food Stamps. (Be sure that your proof of Medicaid, TANF, or Food Stamps indicates that you are eligible within the same month of your appointment.)

2. If not on Medicaid, TANF, Food Stamps bring one of these items for each person in your household who has income:

  • Check stub (dated within 60 days of your appointment) that shows "gross income." ;
  • Current tax records;
  • Letter from employer;
  • Proof of Social Security benefits;
  • Alimony or child-support payments; or
  • Other proof (check with clinic).


Bring proof of identification for each person who wants WIC benefits. Bring one of these items:

  • Driver's license;
  • Birth certificate;
  • School ID or work ID; or
  • Other proof (check with clinic).


Each woman, infant, and child who wants WIC Benefits must come to the appointment.
You each will get a simple screening to find any nutrition problems.

Nutrition Education Services

  • Nutrition counseling; and
  • Nutrition classes

Breastfeeding Support and Education

The purpose of Breastfeeding (BF) Education in the WIC Program is to encourage WIC participants to breastfeed their infants and to establish breastfeeding as the natural and optimum way to feed infants.  The WIC staff and the clinic environment will promote and support breastfeeding by:

  • Promoting breastfeeding as the natural and optimum way to feed an infant.
  • Informing participants about the availability of breast pumps.
  • Provide counseling for any breastfeeding concerns.
  • Provide participants with a referral list of qualified individuals able to answer their breastfeeding questions.
  • Provide ongoing breastfeeding training for WIC staff.
  • Maintain the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor (BFPC) Program and the Peer Dad Program.
  • Staff an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and Trained Breastfeeding Educator (TBE)

The following list has been developed locally to assist participants with a list of qualified individuals that are able to answer their breastfeeding questions.

 

    • WIC's Breastfeeding Support (IBCLCs, BFPCs & TBE)
      1 (888) 942-4847
      Monday-Thursday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
      Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • Local La Leche League International Volunteer Leader
      Ruth Smith (956) 618-1623 (English Only)
      Monday-Sunday 8:00 am- 9:00 pm
      Or go online for breastfeeding information: www.lalecheleague.org/bfinfo.html
    • Infant and Family Nutrition Agency
      (956) 561-6455 (Support Line)
      Office hours: Monday 9:00 am-12:00 pm;
      Tuesday & Wednesday 9:00 am-5:00 pm;
      Thursday Closed; Friday 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
      Saturday & Sunday By appointment only
    • MOM's Place/Texas Lactation Support Hotline
      1 (800) 514-6667
      Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
      Friday 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
    • National Women's Health Information Center
      1 (800) 994-9662
      Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (EST)

This institution is an equal-opportunity provider.

WIC Nondiscrimination Statement:
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building , 1400 Independence Ave. SW , Washington D.C. , 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. You may also call our toll-free number for assistance: 1 (800) 942-3678.

WIC Clinic Locations.pdf file
For appointment or assistance call:
1 (888) WIC-HUGS / 1 (888) 942-4847
For frequently asked questions, please click on the link below:
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/wichd/gi/faq-gi.shtm