WIC (Women, Infants, Children) is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well, learn about nutrition, and stay healthy.
We provide nutrition education and counseling, nutritious foods, and help with accessing health care for low-income women, infants, and children through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program, popularly known as WIC.
Studies show that WIC plays an important role in improving birth outcomes and containing healthcare costs. WIC has a positive impact on children’s diets and improves infant-feeding practices by actively promoting breast-feeding as the best method of feeding infants. WIC clients have improved rates of childhood immunizations and a regular source of health care.
Who Is Eligible?
- Pregnant Women
- Breastfeeding Women
- Postpartum Women
- Children under 5 years of age
- Meet income guidelines
- Households with incomes of up to 185% of the federal poverty line are eligible
- Have a nutrition related health problem (WIC applicants receive an initial screening at a WIC clinic to find any nutritional problems.)
- 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.
We refer clients to a variety of health and social service agencies and programs. The staff at WIC can help you find these services. Examples are:
- Food Stamps
- Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
- Child health insurance
- Family planning
- Migrant health services
- Prenatal care
- Texas Health Steps (EPSDT)
- Medical and dental services
- Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)
- Breakfast/Lunch Meal Assistance Program
We offer nutrition counseling and nutrition classes. Our clinics also offer classes especially for children. Men who have family members participating in the program are welcome to attend nutrition classes as well.
Breast Feeding Support
WIC encourages and teaches proper breastfeeding techniques to new mothers. In many cases, breastfeeding women are provided with breast pumps free of charge.
WIC provides benefits each month which are taken to grocery stores and used to buy nutritious foods. WIC foods include iron-fortified infant formula and infant cereal, infant fruits and vegetables, iron-fortified adult cereal, vitamin C-rich fruit and vegetable juice, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, milk, eggs, cheese, beans, peanut butter and more.
Our WIC offices are located at:
WIC – Longview
2430 S High St Suite C3
Longview, TX 75602
WIC – Kilgore
1711 S. Henderson Blvd.
Kilgore, TX 75662
WIC – Department of State Health Services
1100 West 49th Street
Austin, TX 78756-3199
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
WIC Director, ext. 4848