Frequently Asked Questions about Eligibility
- Who can apply?
- What are the eligibility requirements?
- How do I apply for WIC?
- How long can I stay on WIC?
- Who provides the services?
- What about fathers?
- Pregnant women
- Women who are breastfeeding a baby up to 1 year of age
- Women who have had a baby in the past six months
- Parents, step-parents, guardians, and foster parents of infants and children under the age of 5.
- U.S. citizenship is not a requirement for eligibility.
Meet the income guidelines. WIC determines income based on gross income. WIC counts all of the members of a household, related or unrelated. WIC counts an unborn baby as a household member. Click to view WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines (114K, PDF, viewing information).
Applicants who participate in the Medicaid, Food Stamps, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) automatically meet the income eligibility by bringing proof of their participation in one of these programs - other income documents are not needed.
Receive a health and nutrition screening. Applicants will be weighed, measured, tested for iron status and will meet with WIC staff to discuss their family's nutrition interests, needs and concerns.
Live in Texas. WIC clients must live in Texas to receive services. WIC services are provided in every county. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement for eligibility.
To apply for participation in the WIC Program, you can call or may simply walk into your local WIC clinic to schedule an appointment.
If you meet the income and nutrition requirements:
- Infants and children can stay on WIC until 5 years of age.
- Women who are pregnant receive WIC food benefits for the duration of their pregnancy.
- Women who are exclusively or mostly breastfeeding receive WIC food benefits until their baby is 1 year old.
- Women who are mostly or only-formula feeding receive WIC food benefits until their baby is 6 months old.
Many organizations offer WIC services such as local health departments, county and city agencies, migrant health centers, community action agencies, and hospitals.
Fathers of children under the age of 5 are encouraged to enroll their children in the WIC program. Just like any other parent or guardian, fathers can bring their children to appointments, attend nutrition classes, and receive and redeem benefits for their children. Active participation by fathers is a great help in keeping WIC children healthy.
To locate your closest WIC clinic call