Did you know that one in five women in the United States is a mom? And, of those moms, many are working hard to ensure their children have everything they need. That’s where the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program comes in. This federally-funded nutrition program provides qualified women with healthy food and resources to help give their children a strong start in life. If you’re a mom living in Texas, here’s what you need to know about WIC and how to qualify.
Proper nutrition is essential for healthy living. A well balanced diet that provides what the body needs is a body that is encouraged to stay healthy. The state of Texas recognizes this need and makes nutrition provisions for mothers who are expecting, new mothers as well as young children through WIC, which is a special supplementing program for women, children and infants.
WIC formula list and recall
Texas WIC income guidelines to qualify for WIC in Texas
|Number of Household Members||Gross Yearly Household Income|
|1||$0 up to $25,142|
|2||$0 up to $33,874|
|3||$0 up to $42,606|
|4||$0 up to $51,338|
|5||$0 up to $60,070|
|6||$0 up to $68,802|
How to Apply for WIC in texas
1. Apply Online or on the Phone
To start the application process online or over phone, call your local WIC Office. The representative will walk you through what information is needed to determine eligibility which typically includes proof of address; benefits programs income-tax identification number etc.. To start the process by phone please call (800) 942-3678.
2. Attend an in person WIC appointment
Visit a WIC clinic near you with a nutrition expert to get answers about health, breastfeeding or other concerns. This is where WIC has modified procedures because of COVID-19 – they’re keeping you safe! They may call before your appointment just so that their team members can provide some pre-lecture counseling and make sure you qualify as well (if needed).
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What to take to your WIC appointment in Texas
If you are not currently on WIC, bring any of the following identification for each family member applying
Medicaid, SNAP or TANF letter
Social Security Card
Picture I.D. (official, employee, school)
Hospital bracelet, discharge papers or crib card
If you are currently on WIC, bring the following identification:
TEXAS WIC EBT card and identification for each new family members that are applying.
Proof of your address or where you live
Take one or more of the following with you to prove where you live in Texas.
TANF letter, SNAP, or MEDICAID
Utility (light, water, or phone) or credit card bill
A letter regarding FOSTER placement
Receipts for rent or a letter from your landlord
Letters from: a homeless shelter or a person you live with containing their signature, address and phone number and proof of their utilities.
Proof of Income required for Texas WIC appointment
SNAP, Medicaid, or TANF letter (it must be dated the same month as your WIC appointment)
Paycheck stubs dated within 30 calendar days of your appointment (example: weekly pay, bring four paycheck stubs)
Social Security benefits
IRS tax return 1040
Child support payments
Payments from Workers Compensation Benefits
Income from retirement
If someone outside of your household pays you, a signed letter is required.
Immunization records for each of your children
Knowing how to qualify for WIC in the state of Texas, understanding the purpose of this supplemental program and taking advantage of its nutritional education will encourage you to raise healthy children for tomorrow’s future.
No mom should have to fear whether or not she will have enough formula for her child
– Senator Bill Cassidy
Online classes for Texas WIC
The Texas WIC program offers a variety of online classes that can help you learn more about nutrition and health. These classes are a great way to earn your certificate before your next WIC appointment. Taught by qualified instructors, these classes cover topics such as breastfeeding, food safety, and nutrition for pregnant women and young children.
With convenient online access, you can take these classes at your own pace and on your own schedule. And best of all, completion of these classes can help you save time at your next WIC appointment. After you log in with your email address, you go to My Classes and you can browse the Class Catalog. Select the class that interests you. If you don’t have a printer for the certificate, you can download to your phone. Either a printed certificate or a phone download is accepted at your WIC appointment.
TEXAS WIC APP
The Texas WIC App is now available for download on Apple and Google Play. This app makes it easier for WIC Participants to access their benefits and view program information. With the app, participants can:
Check their benefit balance
View a directory of WIC Vendors
Locate their nearest WIC office
Get nutrition education resources
Texas WIC frequently asked questions
Women who gave birth within the last six months
Anyone who is a caretaker of a child under five including parents and step parents. Foster parents and guardians are included.
First, if you qualify for SNAP, TANF or MEDICAID, you are eligible. You could still get WIC by income eligibility determined by number of household and income.
During your in person WIC appointment, you will visit with a nutritionist who will screen measurements and weight and iron levels.
First, you must meet income and eligibility requirements.
Children can stay on WIC until they turn 5 years old.
Pregnant women will receive WIC benefits until the end of the pregnancy.
WIC is offered to breastfeeding (either fully or partially) women until the baby is a year old
Women who are not breastfeeding will receive WIC until the baby turns six months old.
No. But you do have to reside in Texas.
Yes. As a guardian of the children, a father may apply and take the children to appointments.
Why, yes. They do! Chat with WIC.
Call your WIC office in advance when you will miss a WIC appointment.
Get started with Texas WIC today
If you think you might qualify for WIC in Texas, the best thing to do is apply online. Applying online is easy and only takes a few minutes. You will need to bring some documents with you to your first appointment if you are approved, but it is nothing that should be difficult to gather. The income requirements for WIC are not very high, so even if you are working part-time or at minimum wage, you may still qualify. Apply now and see if you can get the benefits of WIC!