Houston Health Department

WIC walk-in registration events set for Saturday, Feb. 20

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The Houston Health Department (HHD) will sponsor walk-in registrations for its Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program at three sites on Saturday, Feb. 20.

People interested in enrolling in WIC or recertifying for WIC benefits will not need appointments for the registration events. The walk-in registrations are set from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at La Nueva Casa de Amigos Health Center, 1809 North Main; Alief WIC, 12660 Beechnut St. and Braesner WIC, 8652 S Braeswood Blvd.

Participants need to take identification and proof of income and address to the walk-in registration events. They also need take their children’s immunization records, if available.

HHD will issue electronic benefit cards for nutritious foods at the registration events to those who qualify for WIC benefits.

WIC provides nutritious foods and nutrition education to pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, women who have given birth in the last six months and children up to age 5 who have nutrition health-related problems. Single fathers, grandparents and foster parents are also eligible for WIC services for their children.

WIC’s goal is to reduce premature births, low birth weight, the fetal death rate and long-term medical expenses.

Typically, WIC provides prenatal and breastfeeding support for mothers, formula for infants who are not breastfeeding and supplemental foods such as cereal, eggs, milk, juice, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and cheese for women and children. Beginning at 6 months, infants receive strained fruits, vegetables and cereal, and, if breastfed, meats are added to their diet.

A pregnant woman with an annual income of $21,775 or less and a family of four with annual income of $44,863 or less qualify for WIC benefits. For more information about enrolling in WIC, call 832-393-5427.

Contact:

Kathy Barton

Office: 832.393.5045

Kathy.Barton@houstontx.gov

Porfirio Villarreal

Mobile: 832.393.5041

Porfirio.Villarreal@houstontx.gov