WIC

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 fundation 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.

Deliver the highest quality services in the nation with integrity and respect to 100% of funded potential WIC eligible population as measured by health outcomes.


Who is Eligible?

  • 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 of 5 can apply for their children

Eligibility Requirements

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

  • Meet income guidelines
  • Be at nutritional risk
  • Live in Texas


Client Referral Handout

How to Become a WIC Client

  • Are you a pregnant woman, breastfeeding a baby less than one year of age, a postpartum woman (one who had a baby within the last six months), or have an infant or a child who is less than 5 years old? If yes, call 1 (888) 942-4847.
  • At the time of your appointment, bring documentation of your household's source of income or wages. This applies to all members of the household. Some examples of documentation include a paycheck stub, a current tax return, a letter from an employer, a Social Security check, a child-support check, or self-employed accounting records. Applicants and certain family members who receive Medicaid, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, or Food Stamps automatically meet income eligibility by bringing acceptable proof of their participation in one of these programs-they do not have to bring other income documents.
  • At the time of your appointment, bring documentation of where you live with your current physical address, such as a utility or credit-card bill, rent receipt, or business letter.
  • At the time of your appointment, bring one document of identification for each person applying for WIC benefits and the adult responsible for the benefits. Examples of acceptable identification documents are a birth certificate, a driver's license, an immunization card, an employee or school identification card with picture, a Social Security card, or hospital records.
  • During the appointment the applicant will undergo a simple health screen including height and weight measurement, a fingerstick to screen for low iron, a medical and health history and a diet recall and history to determine nutritional risk.
  • At the end of his or her appointment, an applicant will receive counseling and referral to appropriate health and human services, if applicable. WIC Program eligibility will also be determined. Food benefits will be provided to those eligible.
  • If you have any questions about the above information, lack some item above, or have a special situation, call or go by the clinic before your appointment so the staff may assist you with your situation. Not bringing in all the documentation at the time of your appointment may delay eligibility determination and benefits. A complete screen must be done before eligibility can be determined.


Nutrition Education Services 

  • Nutrition counseling; and
  • Nutrition classes

 

Breastfeeding Support and Education

  • Clients receive encouragement and instruction in breasfeeding.
  • In many cases, breastfeeding women are provided breast pumps free of charge.

To view a list that has been developed locally to assist participants with a roster of qualified individuals that are able to answer their breastfeeding questions, please click here. .


Click here to view WIC Clinic Hours and Locations
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

WIC Nondiscrimination Statement:
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at Nutrition Services Department of State Health Services Effective December 1, 2015 Policy No. CR:02.0 WIC Policy and Procedures Manual 3 http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and proivde in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal-opportunity provider. 

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

 

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