What is WIC?
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, popularly known as WIC, is a nutrition program for pregnant, breastfeeding women and families with children younger than 5.
Purpose of the WIC Program
The purpose of the WIC Program is to provide supplemental, nutritious food and nutrition education to financially disadvantaged pregnant/postpartum breast-feeding women, infants, and children who are certified by health professionals to be at high nutritional risk. WIC serves babies and children up to age 5, pregnant women, and new mothers, Dads, grandparents, foster parents of young children, and working families are welcome at WIC too!
The Program is designed to serve as an adjunct to good health care during critical times of growth and development and is most effective when integrated into other maternal and child health services.
You can take classes, meet with other families, and get one-on-one nutrition counseling so you can make smart choices and delicious family meals!
As a WIC Client, you will get:
- Healthy food
- One-on-one counseling with nutritionists
- Recipes and cooking demonstrations
- Nutrition classes
- Breastfeeding support
Who is eligible for WIC?
- Residents in the state of Texas
- Pregnant, breastfeeding and/or postpartum women
- Infants or children up to 5 years of age
- Individuals determined by a health professional to be at nutritional risk
- Meet income guidelines (see Income Eligibility Guidelines below)
- Meet with WIC staff to discuss your family's nutrition interests, needs and concerns
- Be a resident of Texas. WIC clients usually receive services in the county where they reside (U.S. Citizenship is not a requirement for eligibility)
WIC Income Guidelines
Number of Household*
|Gross Monthly Household Income**|
|1||$0 up to $1,926|
|2||$0 up to $2,607|
|3||$0 up to $3,289|
|4||$0 up to $3,970|
|5||$0 up to $4,652|
|6||$0 up to $5,333|
*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.
City of Del Rio WIC Program recently renovated their classroom in order to provide a Client-Centered Nutrition Education (CCNE). Client-Centered Nutrition Education (CCNE) is a style of education that encourages participants to play an active role in their own learning and allows staff to act as a guide or a facilitator. CCNE provides opportunities for group discussion, incorporates hands-on activities and, best of all, allows participants to share experiences and provide social support to each other. CCNE makes the learning experience more fun, engaging, and meaningful, not only for participants, but also for staff.
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