Every Austin area mom wishes for a healthy baby. A free Texas program – Texas WIC – is helping moms have healthier babies while from the time they learn they are pregnant.
Pregnant moms who meet certain guidelines (see below for guidelines) can qualify for the Texas Woman, Infant and Children (WIC) program. The program is a free nutritional counseling program to help mothers get the nutrition their babies need to be healthy.
The program offers free nutritional guidance, support and free monthly nutritional food packages. Each WIC participant receives an ebt card that is loaded each month to help mothers get healthy food packages that are customized to their needs.
Pregnant mothers receive credits on their ebt card for certain foods – such as cereal, eggs, cheese, peanut butter, low fat milk whole grails and fruits & vegetables – that help them get the right nutrition while they are expecting. You can learn more about these food packages on WIC’s website.
Mothers of newborns can get formula, baby food and more. As the babies grow older, up until they turn 5 years old, the food packages change to meet their needs.
Babies 1 to 2 years of age can get monthly food packages that include cereal, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, juice, whole milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs, beans or peanut butter.
HOW TO QUALIFY FOR AUSTIN WIC
To qualify for the program, you must be a Texas resident that is either pregnant, breastfeeding, have an infant and/or have children younger than 5 years old.
According to Texas WIC: 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. The Recovery Rebate Credit, also known as stimulus checks, and the Child Tax Credit direct payments are not included when calculating your income to determine eligibility.
You can start your application online at Texas WIC. You can also call Texas WIC at 800-942-3678.
LONE STAR FAMILY MARKET
Lone Star Family Market is a primarily WIC grocery store chain in Austin, San Marcos and Round Rock that caters to WIC clients. The stores are a service provider for WIC, not part of the WIC program.
Lone Star Family Market stores are located near WIC clinics to make it easier for mothers to shop for WIC groceries. The stores have all the WIC foods you need in one place, including many types of baby formula.