WIC --The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children

1. What is WIC?

WIC provides nutritious foods, nutrition education (including breastfeeding promotion and support), and referrals to health and other social services to participants at no charge. WIC serves low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk.

 

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) administers this Federal program in Texas, to pay for WIC foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, and administrative costs.

 

 

2. Who is eligible?

Pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding a baby under 1 year of age, women who have had a baby in the past six months, and parents, step-parents, guardians, and foster parents of infants and children under the age 5 can apply for their children. To be eligible on the basis of income, applicants’ income must fall at or below 185% of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines (see below).

 

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, automatically meets the income eligibility requirement.

WIC Income Guidelines

The WIC Income Guidelines below are effective beginning

July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019

Reduce Price Meals – 185%

FAMILY

SIZE

ANNUAL

MONTHLY

TWICE

MONTHLY

BI-WEEKLY

WEEKLY

1

$22,459

$1,872

$936

$864

$432

2

$30,451

$2,538

$1,269

$1,172

$586

3

$38,443

$3,204

$1,602

$1,479

$740

4

$46,435

$3,870

$1,935

$1,786

$893

5

$54,427

$4,536

$2,268

$2,094

$1,047

6

$62,419

$5,202

$2,601

$2,401

$1,201

7

$70,411

$5,868

$2,934

$2,709

$1,355

8

$78,403

$6,534

$3,267

$3,016

$1,508

For each additional

family member add:

+ $7,992

+ $666

+ $333

+ $308

+ $154

3. What is “nutrition risk?”

Two major types of nutrition risk are recognized for WIC eligibility:

  • Medically-based risks such as a history of poor pregnancy outcome, underweight status, or iron-deficiency anemia, and
  • Diet based risks, such as poor eating habits that can lead to poor nutritional and health status.

 

Nutrition risk is determined through an initial health and diet screening at the WIC clinic.

 

 

4. What are the 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

 

 

5. How do I contact DSHS about WIC?

Call toll free at (800) 942-3678 or (800) WIC-FOR-U; or go online to http://www.dshs.state.tx.us.

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WIC Income Guidelines

The WIC Income Guidelines below are effective beginning

July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019

Reduce Price Meals – 185%

FAMILY

SIZE

ANNUAL

MONTHLY

TWICE

MONTHLY

BI-WEEKLY

WEEKLY

 

1

$22,459

$1,872

$936

$864

$432

2

$30,451

$2,538

$1,269

$1,172

$586

3

$38,443

$3,204

$1,602

$1,479

$740

4

$46,435

$3,870

$1,935

$1,786

$893

5

$54,427

$4,536

$2,268

$2,094

$1,047

6

$62,419

$5,202

$2,601

$2,401

$1,201

7

$70,411

$5,868

$2,934

$2,709

$1,355

8

$78,403

$6,534

$3,267

$3,016

$1,508

 

For each additional

family member add:

+ $7,992

+ $666

+ $333

+ $308

+ $154

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WIC Income Guidelines

The WIC Income Guidelines below are effective beginning

July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019

Reduce Price Meals – 185%

FAMILY

SIZE

ANNUAL

MONTHLY

TWICE

MONTHLY

BI-WEEKLY

WEEKLY

1

$22,459

$1,872

$936

$864

$432

2

$30,451

$2,538

$1,269

$1,172

$586

3

$38,443

$3,204

$1,602

$1,479

$740

4

$46,435

$3,870

$1,935

$1,786

$893

5

$54,427

$4,536

$2,268

$2,094

$1,047

6

$62,419

$5,202

$2,601

$2,401

$1,201

7

$70,411

$5,868

$2,934

$2,709

$1,355

8

$78,403

$6,534

$3,267

$3,016

$1,508

For each additional

family member add:

+ $7,992

+ $666

+ $333

+ $308

+ $154

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