Texas WIC Program
We know your family’s health is important to you. WIC helps Texas families like yours get healthy, and the best part is — WIC GROWS WITH YOU. WIC benefits are for pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children up to their 5th birthday.
How WIC Helps Your Family
Grow with us
For over 40 years, families like yours have depended on the friendly experts at WIC to help you make amazing kids. Texas WIC supports you and your child from pregnancy to delivery to raising a toddler and up until your child’s 5th birthday.
You can take on-line classes, meet with other families, and get one-on-one nutrition counseling so you can make smart choices and delicious family meals!
WIC Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
- Nutrition Risk
The WIC Program is designed to serve certain categories of women, infants, and children. Therefore, the following individuals are considered categorically eligible for WIC:
- pregnant (during pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after the birth of an infant or the end of the pregnancy)
- postpartum (up to six months after the birth of the infant or the end of the pregnancy)
- breastfeeding (up to the infant’s first birthday)
(up to the infant’s first birthday)
(up to the child’s fifth birthday)
Applicants must live in the State of Texas. Applicants are not required to live in the State or local service area for a certain amount of time in order to meet the WIC residency requirement.
To be eligible for WIC, applicants must have income at or below an income level or standard set by the State agency or be determined automatically income-eligible based on participation in certain programs.
The State agency’s income standard must be 185 percent of the Federal poverty income guidelines.
Automatic Income Eligibility
Certain applicants can be determined income-eligible for WIC based on their participation in certain programs. These included individuals:
- eligible to receive Food Stamps, Medicaid, for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF, formerly known as AFDC, Aid to Families with Dependent Children),
- in which certain family members are eligible to receive Medicaid or TANF, or
- at State agency option, individuals that are eligible to participate in certain other State-administered programs.
Nutrition Risk Requirement
Applicants must be seen by a nutritionist who must determine whether the individual is at nutrition risk. This is done in the WIC clinic at no cost to the applicant.
“Nutrition risk” means that an individual has medical-based or dietary-based conditions. Examples of medical-based conditions include anemia (low blood levels), underweight, or history of poor pregnancy outcome. A dietary-based condition includes, for example, a poor diet.
At a minimum, the applicant’s height and weight must be measured and bloodwork was taken to check for anemia.
An applicant must have at least one of the medical or dietary conditions on the State’s list of WIC nutrition risk criteria.