Who can apply for WIC?
- Pregnant woman
- Woman who is breastfeeding a baby under 1 year of age
- Woman who has had a baby in the past 6 months
- Parent and/or guardian of infants and children under the age of 5
Be a resident of the state of Texas: WIC clients usually receive services in the county where they live. You can find the closest WIC Clinic by zip code at <http://txhealth.ziplocator.com/>. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement for eligibility.
Meet the WIC income guidelines: Households with income at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty income level are eligible. You can view the WIC income guidelines at <http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/wic-income-eligibility-guidelines-2013-2014>.
Be at nutritional risk: WIC clients receive an initial health and diet screening at a WIC clinic to determine if they are at nutritional risk. WIC uses two main categories of nutritional risk: (1) medically-based risks such as a history of poor pregnancy outcome, underweight status, or iron-deficiency anemia, and (2) diet-based risks such as poor eating habits that can lead to poor nutritional and health status. Clients will be counseled at WIC about these risks and the outcome influenced by nutrition education and nutritious foods provided by WIC.