How to qualify for WIC in Texas

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


Effective October 01, 2022

WIC new baby formula contract

*Enfamil Infant *Enfamil Gentlease *Enfamil A.R. *Enfamil Reguline *Similac Soy Isomil

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
You meet the requirements automatically if you or your children receive MEDICAID, SNAP or TANF.

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).


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

Birth Certificate

Immunization record

Military identification

Social Security Card

Driver’s License

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.


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

Unemployment statement

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

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.


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

And more!

To download the app, simply search for “Texas WIC” in the App Store or Google Play. Once you’ve downloaded and installed the app, you’ll need to create an account.

Texas WIC frequently asked questions

Who can apply for WIC in Texas?

Pregnant Women
Breastfeeding Women
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.

How do I know if I am eligible for WIC?

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.

How long can I stay on Texas WIC?

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.

Do I have to be a U.S. Citizen to be part of the Texas WIC program?

No. But you do have to reside in Texas.

Can fathers apply for WIC?

Yes. As a guardian of the children, a father may apply and take the children to appointments.

Does WIC offer a live chat feature?

Why, yes. They do! Chat with WIC.

What happens when you miss a WIC appointment in Texas?

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!