WIC is a supplemental nutrition program for growing families. We work with and provide benefits for families to help them make AMAZING KIDS! We help to ensure pregnant women have a healthy pregnancy, breastfeeding and postpartum women receive help and guidance postpartum and that new, experienced, and/or foster parents have the best and latest information on feeding their child(ren)/infant(s)! Grandparent/Guardians with primary custody paperwork can also apply on behalf of the child(ren)/infants.
WIC is open to many incomes and all kinds of families. Even if you don't qualify for Medicaid/SNAP/TANF you may still be eligible for WIC. Eligibility is determined by verifying income and asking questions about you and your family's health and nutrition. WIC will also weigh, measure and check the iron level of each person applying for WIC services. If you qualify you will return to the WIC clinic every two - three months and we will provide information about nutrition that relates to your family's needs and referrals to health care and other necessary services. Additional support and food benefits are provided to women who choose to breastfeed.
If you continue to qualify nutritionally and financially: Infants and Children stay on WIC until 5 years old; Pregnant Women for the duration of her pregnancy; Exclusively and Mostly Breastfeeding until her baby is 1 year old; Postpartum Women until 6 months postpartum regardless of outcome or feeding practice. You must reapply at the end of the certification period to continue receiving WIC benefits (normally every 12 months).
Upon qualifying for WIC, participants receive a WIC EBT card that looks and works like a debit card. The card stores and keeps track of your WIC food benefits (not the same as the Lone Star Food Stamp card). To receive your WIC food benefits you must bring your WIC EBT card to each clinic visit and to the store to redeem for food benefits. WIC staff members will load your family's information and up to 3 months of WIC food benefits onto your card and activate it. WIC will schedule your future appointments before your last set of food benefits expire. WIC will also provide you with a WIC shopping list (information on how much food you have loaded onto your card) and a WIC Approved Food Guide (information on the type, brands, and sizes of foods that are available for purchase).
Examples of some of the healthy foods you can get with your WIC benefits are: whole grains, cereal, milk, cheese, juice, eggs, beans, peanut butter, fruits and vegetables, canned tuna or salmon (for breastfeeding women who do not get formula from WIC), baby foods/baby cereal and formula. These items are supplemental and you will still need to buy additional food to meet your family's daily food needs.
To start the application process call one of our offices; Cameron - (254) 697-4913 / Rockdale - (512) 446-6245; or go on-line to www.texaswic.org or call 1-800-942-3678 (if not residing in Milam County).
WIC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.