WIC Services

Every month, almost a million Texans come to WIC to get the services, support, and inspiration they need to eat right, have a healthy pregnancy, breastfeed successfully, and raise amazing kids!

WIC...

  • Supports you and your child from pregnancy to delivery to raising a toddler.
  • Shares ways to stay healthy by offering classes, children's activities, cooking demonstrations, and shopping tips.
  • Connects you to other families to talk about healthy goals.
  • Answers your questions about good nutrition for your family.
  • Gives you personal attention from WIC breastfeeding experts, and extra benefits like breastpumps and special food packages.
  • Helps you find other health-care services near you.
  • Helps you buy the foods that you and your children need to stay healthy.

Texas WIC Food Packages

If you qualify, you will get a food package specially designed to meet your needs, and a Texas WIC card to use at the grocery store.  It keeps track of your WIC food benefits and works just like a debit card.  WIC food packages are full of the nutrients your family needs to grow healthy and strong, like fiber, calcium and iron.

Your food package could include:

  • Fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables
  • 100% fruit and vegetable juices
  • Milk and cheese
  • Eggs
  • Whole grains like brown rice, whole wheat tortillas, and whole wheat bread
  • Healthy cereals
  • Canned or dried beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned fish
  • Baby Foods and formula

 Referrals

WIC refers clients to a variety of health and social services agencies and programs. WIC staff can help clients find these services. Some examples are:

  • Medicaid
  • Food Stamps
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • Child health insurance
  • Family planning
  • Migrant health services
  • Prenatal care
  • Texas Health Steps (EPSDT)
  • Medical and dental services
  • Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)
  • The School Lunch / Breakfast Summer Lunch Program
  • Food Pantries
  • Literacy Services
  • Job Banks
  • Housing Services
  • Parenting Classes
  • Drug and alcohol abuse programs
  • Child care
  • Child support enforcement

Health Benefits of WIC

Studies show that WIC plays an important role in improving birth outcomes and containing health-care costs. WIC has a positive impact on children’s diets. WIC improves infant-feeding practices by actively promoting breastfeeding as the best method of feeding infants. WIC clients have improved rates of childhood immunizations and a regular source of health care.

  • Improved infant-feeding practices
  • Premature births reduced
  • Fetal death rate reduced
  • Low birthweight reduced
  • Long-term medical expenses reduced
  • Improved dietary intake
  • Improved cognitive development
  • Fewer premature births