WIC Eligibility: Who is eligible and who can apply? Pregnant women. Women who are breastfeeding a baby under 1 year of age. Women who have had a baby in the past six months. Parents, step-parents, guardians, and foster parents of infants and children under the age of 5 can apply for their children. If you have a job or if you have private health insurance, you can still apply for WIC. You do not have to be married to apply for WIC. For more eligibility requirements, see below.
What about fathers? Fathers of children under the age of 5 are encouraged to enroll their children in the WIC program. Just like any other parent or guardian, fathers can bring their children to appointments, attend nutrition classes, and receive and redeem benefits for their children. Active participation by fathers is a great help in keeping WIC children healthy.
Are services free? Yes! All WIC services are free to those who are eligible.
Who provides the services? The Department of State Health Services runs the Texas WIC program and provides funds to agencies across the state who run local WIC offices. All kinds of agencies offer WIC services such as local health departments, county and city agencies, migrant health centers, community action agencies, and hospitals.Many local offices are open in the evenings and on Saturdays so that clients do not have to miss work.There are over 300 full-time, permanent WIC offices and more than 200 other part-time satellite sites, so finding a WIC clinic close to you shouldn't be a problem. Click here to find your closest WIC clinic.
WIC is a registered service mark of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for USDA's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.