Health and Human Services

Contacts: Kathy Barton
832-393-5045
 
Porfirio Villarreal
832-393-5041

WIC walk-in registrations set for Nov. 19

 

The Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) will sponsor walk-in registrations for its Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program at two multi-service centers from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19.


People interested in enrolling in WIC or recertifying for WIC benefits should take identification and proof of income and address to the walk-in registration events at the:


  • Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star
  • Acres Homes Multi-Service Center, 6719 W. Montgomery


They should also take their children’s immunization records, if available.


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

 

WIC provides nutrition education and nutritious food 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 weigh, 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 $20,147 or less and a family of four with annual income of $41,348 or less qualify for WIC benefits.



For more information about enrolling in WIC, call 832-393-5427.