The Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program is a federally assistance program administered by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) through a network of over 500 local WIC clinics across the state that provides access to healthy food, nutrition education, and healthcare resources to low-income pregnant women, new mothers, and young children up to the age of five. The program aims to give children the best possible start in life by ensuring they receive optimal nutrition during critical development stages. This includes access to a variety of nutritious foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and dairy, as well as infant formula and baby food for infants and young children. Along with providing healthy food options, WIC also offers nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare services to help families improve their overall health and well-being.
Goals of our WIC services:
- Reduce complications during pregnancy
- Increase the number of breastfeeding mothers
- Reduce iron-deficiency anemia
- Decrease the number of low birth weight and premature infants
- Improve growth and development of young children
Who is eligible?
- Texas residents
- Pregnant women
- New mothers (breastfeeding or formula-feeding)
- Children under the age of five
When can you apply?
You don’t have to wait until your baby is born to apply for WIC services. Under WIC guidelines, pregnant mothers may receive:
- Nutritional foods
- Nutrition education
- Access to other helpful programs
After your baby is born, WIC may provide:
- Breastfeeding support, such as effective positioning and attachment techniques and breast pumps
- Supplemental baby formula
Nutrition and Breastfeeding Classes
WIC offers group classes, individual counseling sessions, self-paced lessons, and online nutrition and breastfeeding classes. Online WIC classes can be found here. Once you complete the class online, you can bring in your certificate to your WIC appointment to receive credit and update your benefits.
- Other important eligibility information:
- Proof of pregnancy is not required
- Medicaid eligibility is not required
- Income guidelines are higher than guidelines for Medicaid or food stamps
- Eligibility lasts from pregnancy up to one year and for children up to five years.
- Please visit TexasWIC.org/apply to find out more information on how to qualify for WIC services and what is needed for your first WIC appointment.
WIC Program Locations
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At CommuniCare Health Centers, we are committed to providing you and your family the care you need. We are committed to care and treat each one of our patients as we would a family member. We strive to make our patients feel comfortable and at home every single day. We have the friendliest doctors, nurses, and staff that are always ready to help with anything you and your family may need. We also proudly provide our services and care in Spanish, to ensure our Spanish speaking patients feel comfortable and at ease.