Apply for WIC

WIC is open to many incomes and families. If you are on Medicaid, TANF or SNAP you may meet the income eligibility guidelines for WIC.

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Get Started Online

It only takes a few minutes to start your application online. After you submit your form, a team member from your local WIC office will contact you to set up your first appointment.

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Call WIC

You can also get started and set up your appointment by phone. Use the WIC Office Locator to find a WIC office near you or call 800-942-3678.

Have more questions?

Review the current income guidelines and our application process FAQ. Maya, the WIC chatbot, can also help see if you qualify. Just click the pink “chat” icon to start a conversation.

Texas WIC Income Guidelines

WIC is open to many incomes and families. If you or your children receive Medicaid, SNAP or TANF, you already meet the income eligibility guidelines for WIC and your application can be processed faster. Even if you do not receive these programs, you may still qualify for WIC by meeting the income guidelines for your household. Participating in other benefit programs does not affect the amount of WIC benefits you receive. The Recovery Rebate Credit, also known as stimulus checks, and the Child Tax Credit direct payments are not included when calculating your income.

Number of Household Members* Gross Monthly Household Income**
1 $0 up to $2,096
2 $0 up to $2,823
3 $0 up to $3,551
4 $0 up to $4,279
5 $0 up to $5,006
6 $0 up to $5,734

*A pregnant woman’s household is increased by the number of infants she is expecting. For more than six household members, or if you have any income questions, call your local WIC clinic.

** Income can also be determined on a weekly or biweekly basis.

Applying for WIC

1. Start your application online or over the phone.

If you apply online, a team member from your local WIC office will contact you to set up an appointment. They will tell you all the information needed to determine your eligibility which typically includes proof of your address, benefits programs, income and identification. 

2. Attend your WIC appointment 

Your appointment includes a visit with a nutrition expert to answer any questions you may have about health, nutrition or breastfeeding. Due to COVID-19, WIC has modified procedures to keep you safe and virtual or phone counseling is available. WIC team members may call you before your appointment to provide nutrition counseling and check your eligibility before you come in. 

3. Get benefits and go shopping!

If you qualify, you’ll get food benefits designed to meet your needs and a WIC card to use at the grocery store. Then, you can go shopping and get healthy foods for your family!

WIC Makes Your Life Easier

  1. WIC is for pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women and families with children up to age 5.
  2. If you or your children receive Medicaid, SNAP or TANF, you already meet the income qualifications for WIC.
  3. WIC clients get healthy food and one-on-one nutrition counseling with nutritionists.
  4. WIC provides free breastfeeding support with lactation consultants (IBCLCs) and peer counselors.
  5. WIC has nutrition and breastfeeding classes online and in person. Recipes and cooking demonstrations are also available.
WIC is for pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women and families with children up to age 5.

Apply FAQs

Answers to Common Questions About Applying for WIC

  • plus sign minus sign How do I apply for WIC?

    You can start your application online or over the phone. Use the WIC Office Locator to find a WIC office near you or call 800-942-3678. 

  • plus sign minus sign Who can apply for WIC ?
    • Pregnant women
    • Breastfeeding women
    • Women who had a baby within the last six months
    • Parents, step-parents, guardians, and foster parents of infants and children who are younger than 5.
  • plus sign minus sign How do I know I am eligible?

    If you are on Medicaid, TANF, or SNAP, you meet the income eligibility guidelines for WIC. If you don’t qualify for these programs, you may still qualify for WIC by meeting the income guidelines for your household.

    You must live in Texas. You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to be part of the WIC program. Apply in person to learn if you are eligible. Click here to find a WIC office near you and make an appointment.

    Your WIC appointment includes a visit with a nutrition expert to help determine your eligibility. WIC will measure, weigh and check the iron level of each family member applying for WIC and answer any questions you may have about health and nutrition.

  • plus sign minus sign How long can I stay on WIC?

    If you meet the income and nutrition requirements:

    • Infants and children can stay on WIC until they turn 5.
    • Women who are pregnant receive WIC food benefits until the end of their pregnancy.
    • Women who are fully or partially 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.
  • plus sign minus sign What about fathers?

    Fathers of infants and children younger than 5 can 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 get benefits for their children. 

  • plus sign minus sign Who provides the services?

    Many organizations offer WIC services such as local health departments, county and city agencies, migrant health centers, community action agencies, and hospitals.

  • plus sign minus sign Will I be able to use my Texas WIC card in another state?

    ​No, the Texas WIC card can only be used in Texas.

  • plus sign minus sign What should I do if I move from Texas to another state?

    Before you move, ask your Texas WIC clinic for a Verification of Certification form to take to your new state. You will need to make an appointment at the WIC office in your new state to have benefits issued.

  • plus sign minus sign What should I do if I moved to Texas from another state?

    Contact the local WIC clinic in your area to tell them you want to transfer your WIC benefits from another state. If you do not know the nearest WIC clinic in your area, call 800-942-3678 for assistance.

  • plus sign minus sign What should I do if I move to a new address?

    If you are in the same part of town, contact your WIC office and let them know your new address. If you move to another town or a different part of town, call the closest WIC clinic and request a transfer of your records. 

  • plus sign minus sign Will WIC include the stimulus check or child tax credit payments as part of my income?

    The 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit to Individuals (also known as stimulus checks) is not included in your income calculations when we determine your program eligibility. Additionally, the Child Tax Credit direct payments from July through December 2021 are not included in the income calculation either.

  • plus sign minus sign What if I have other questions?

    You can Live Chat with WIC Staff or call 800-942-3678 and press “0” to speak with a customer service representative.

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