Since 2005 our goal has been to help grow the next generation of Austinites through nutritious WIC-approved foods that are close to nearby WIC offices. We did just that by opening Lone Star Family Market, a chain that has now become the largest provider of WIC benefits in Austin.
We pay attention to every detail by restocking items before they run out, and by listening to what our customers want. We are here for you at our Austin, San Antonio and San Marcos locations. In hard and good times.
What is WIC?
WIC is a state-run program that stands for ‘Women, Infants and Children’. The program helps at-risk babies, children and pregnant mothers through easy access to formula and basic groceries. WIC-approved foods include fruit, dairy, and formula. Until a child’s 5th birthday, a large part of their diet can be supplemented with financial assistance from the WIC program.
Your WIC Card
To earn all the benefits of the WIC program, you first need to apply on the TexasWIC page. When you are approved, you will receive a WIC card in the mail. This card is loaded with a monthly allowance by a WIC office worker. Our stores are walking-distance to these WIC offices, so you can easily shop afterward.
You can spend as much or as little of your funds per shopping trip – there are no purchase limits at our stores. Make sure you spend everything before each month because the funds are not transferred. If you exceed the amount remaining on your card, you will not be able to use any of the funds. At the end of each transaction, a receipt prints the new balance remaining on your WIC card.
For more information on WIC qualifications, visit the official TexasWIC website.
What Makes Us Special
Lone Star Family Market began in 2005 after its founders realized that many WIC-eligible families face a hard time shopping for WIC-approved products. Larger grocery stores view WIC customers as a burden due to additional clerk training, language barriers and compliance to WIC rules. Lone Star Family Market respects families for caring for their children, and we promise to provide a simple way to obtain WIC-approved foods in a way that treats WIC recipients with respect.
Here are some other things that make us special:
- You don’t have to go searching down long aisles. Instead, we bring the groceries to you!
- All stores are in close proximity to Austin WIC offices and WIC clinics
- We have highly trained bilingual store clerks
We also understand the difficulties and beauty of motherhood. Much of our staff holds years of customer service experience with new mothers. Almost all of our employees, as well as someone they know, have also been participants in the WIC program at some point.
If you wish to apply for employment with Lone Star Family Market you can submit an visit our contact page here.