To benefit from WIC program you need to be eligible before applying. 

Who is eligible and can anyone apply to this program? 

Not anyone can apply to WIC and here are the only persons who are eligible for it:

  • women who are pregnant
  • women who are breastfeeding a baby who is less than 12 months old
  • women who had a baby boy or a baby girl in the last six months
  • if you have an infant or a child under the age of 5 you can apply for him as a parent, step-parent, guardian or foster-parent.

 

If you are one of the persons listed above, then you have to meet all of the following  requirements to be eligible for WIC benefits.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You have to meet the income guidelines. If your household has an income at or below 185% of the federal poverty income level then your are eligible. The gross income is taken into consideration to determine your household income and all the members are counted. An unborn baby is considered as a household member.

 

  • You must be at nutritional risk. You get a health and diet screening when making an appointment at a WIC clinic and this will determine your nutritional risk. 

There are two categories of nutritional risk

  1. medically-based risks. These include things like poor history of pregnancy outcome, signs of underweight, anemia caused by iron deficiency
  2. diet-based risks. These include things like lousy eating habits which can develop into low health and nutritional status.

 

  • You must live in Texas. Clients of WIC usually receive services in the country where they are situated, so you don’t have to be an US citizen to be eligible.

 

  • All clients have to apply in person with the exception of specific limited cases.