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Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)

Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)

Getting started in the WIC Program

Appointments hotline number Texas WIC referral guide
Benefits of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program Preparing for an appointment (Texas Children's Pediatric Associates)
Income guidelines What to bring to your appointment
Locations/maps/hours WIC process

WIC Resources

Breastfeeding hotline numbers Immunizations
Breastfeeding web site Research findings on WIC
FAQ
(Frequently Asked Questions)
Sample brochures and additional WIC information
Nutrition program facts
English
Español
Foster parents can apply for WIC benefits
English
Español
State of Texas
WIC site
WIC approved
foods
formula

Forms

WIC form 19A Assistance
documentation form
WIC form 19B Employment
verification form
Non-contract formula
request form
Mid point
screening form
WIC form 32 Farmers/
Self-Employed
Patient referral to WIC for infant
or child (younger than 5 years)
Patient referral to WIC for pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women

WIC Income Questionnaire
English

Español

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program is funded and administered at the national level by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and at the state level by the Texas Department of Health. Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a special supplemental nutrition program which provides health care referrals, nutrition education and nutritious foods to pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, and children under five who have nutrition health-related problems. WIC has a strong health component; women must be screened during pregnancy and, after delivery, for at least six months. If a woman breastfeeds, she and her infant may receive benefits for one year. After one year, children may receive benefits up to age five as long as the re-certification criteria are met every six months. While participating in the program, WIC-approved foods supplying significant amounts of protein, iron, vitamin C, calcium and other nutrients needed for proper growth and development are provided. Each participating infant or child and their siblings receive immunizations at no cost.

To be eligible for the WIC program in Texas one must be pregnant, a mother who is breastfeeding, or a woman who has had a baby in the last six months. Infants and children up to age five are also eligible. WIC applicants will be asked for identification and proof of residency in an approved WIC service area. Their income will be checked to see that it does not exceed statewide standards. They will be screened for medical and nutritional risk. Once eligibility is determined, the participant will receive counseling, nutrition education, and food vouchers each month during their eligibility period. The vouchers can be exchanged for prescribed foods at approved local grocery stores.

Currently the Houston Department of Health and Human Services WIC Program serves 80,000 clients, from 20 public delivery sites, 42 percent of the estimated 184,995 potentially eligible participants in Harris County.  Most of the clinics are open evenings and Saturdays. One site is opened on Sundays.
Residents of the City of Houston and Harris County may request eligibility screening or they may be referred by any dietitian/nutritionist, nurse or physician from any health or medical facility, public or private, in the county.

WIC Appointments: (713) 794-9090

In accordance with federal law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. 

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal-opportunity provider and employer.

En cumplimiento con lo establecido por las leyes federates y los reglamentos del Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos de América (USDA), esta institución prohibe discriminar a las personas debido a su raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, edad, o discapacidad.

Para presentar una queja por discriminación, favor de escribir al USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410, o llamar al (202) 720-5964 (sistema de voz o si tiene un impedimento auditivo). El USDA ofrece igualdad en las oportunidades de servicios y empleo para todos.