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WIC Helps Babies Grow Healthy & Strong

WIC Babies

Texas WIC is a great partner in helping babies grow healthy and strong.

WIC Helps Babies Grow Healthy & Strong

As babies grow from infants to toddlers they graduate dozens of baby milestones, from eating purees, finger foods and walking. Your baby’s pediatrician can help you learn if your baby is on track. Being aware of major developments can ensure your tot is staying on track. Texas WIC can also help your baby stay on track.

Bringing a newborn home from the hospital can be overwhelming. There is so much to learn and process – how to feed, making sure they are safe and loved, learning to decode their baby language. As you get to know your baby and all the traits that make them uniquely them, you will also start picking up on your baby’s developments. It’s something you can observe and watch from Day 1. It’s also one of the biggest joys of being a parent, watching your baby grow and learn.

There are endless resources online about baby milestones, but don’t get overwhelmed and remember they are just a guide. Your baby’s doctors are the ultimate resource. Plus, any resource you use (online, book, etc.) are only tools to help you ask the right questions to your doctor.

One great online resource is, Texas WIC. Their experts have outlined some of the milestone highlights of a baby’s first year online.

INFANT DEVELOPMENT

When you first bring your baby home, most of your attention will be focused on your baby’s eating, sleeping and baby communication (or crying).

You will start to notice signs that your baby is hungry, including when they might be crying or sucking on their tiny hands. They may also try to nuzzle you to get fed. You will learn the signs your baby is trying to tell you as you get to know them.

Texas WIC, a free program that guides mothers in providing healthy habits for their children, offers a lot of tools to help mothers feed their children, including these tips online.  The program helps mothers provide healthy nutrition for their babies on the WIC program.

By the end of the first month, you may notice your baby keeps their hands in tight fists, can move head side-to-side while on their tummy and can recognize your voice.

2-6 MONTHS

By the time your baby is at the end of two months, your baby will likely be smiling at faces, can calm themselves with hand sucking and can hold their head up when on their tummy, according to the CDC. Their experts also recommend talking to your doctor if your baby doesn’t respond to loud sounds or can’t hold their head up.

At 4 months, your baby will likely be mimicking movements and faces, begin to babble and may be able to roll from tummy to back, according to the CDC milestone markers.

At 6 months, they may be responding to their own name, bringing objects to their mouth and roll over in both directions, according to the CDC milestone guide.

Texas WIC recommends on their website to contact Early Childhood Intervention Services if you are still concerned about your child’s development after talking to their physician. ECIS is a statewide program. You can learn more about their programs online.

If you are interested in joining Texas WIC to help your baby grow healthy and strong, you can apply online.

Lone Star Family Market  is an Austin-area grocery store chain the specializes in providing an easy WIC-grocery shopping experience. Find a location near you.

Find Family-Friendly Events Around Austin

Check out these family-friend activities around Austin this month. Many of them are virtual and free. Click on calendar entries for more information.

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1Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
2Zoom Circle Time in SpanishZoom Circle Time in SpanishTime: 10:30 am
Zoom Circle Time in SPANISH every Tuesday at 10:30 AM. Kids ages 0-4 learn basic concepts and vocabulary through interactive songs on Zoom. Registration required.
Wells Branch Community Library - Virtual Event
Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
3Zoom Circle TimeZoom Circle TimeTime: 10:30 am
Zoom Circle Time every Wednesday at 10:30 AM. Kids ages 0-4 learn basic concepts and vocabulary through interactive songs on Zoom. Registration required.
Wells Branch Community Library - Virtual Event
4Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtThe Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest university art museums in the U.S. Advance online timed tickets are required. Blanton Museum of Art
200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
5Zoom Alphabuddies StorytimeZoom Alphabuddies StorytimeTime: 10:30 am
Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.
Wells Branch Community Library - Virtual Event
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8Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
9Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
1011Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtThe Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest university art museums in the U.S. Advance online timed tickets are required. Blanton Museum of Art
200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
12Zoom Alphabuddies StorytimeZoom Alphabuddies StorytimeTime: 10:30 am
Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.
Wells Branch Community Library - Virtual Event
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15Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
16Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
1718Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtThe Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest university art museums in the U.S. Advance online timed tickets are required. Blanton Museum of Art
200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
19Zoom Alphabuddies StorytimeZoom Alphabuddies StorytimeTime: 10:30 am
Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.
Wells Branch Community Library - Virtual Event
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22Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
23Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
2425Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtThe Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest university art museums in the U.S. Advance online timed tickets are required. Blanton Museum of Art
200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
26Zoom Alphabuddies StorytimeZoom Alphabuddies StorytimeTime: 10:30 am
Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.
Wells Branch Community Library - Virtual Event
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29Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
30Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
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Use WIC Foods to Make Menu Plan

Now that you have all your WIC food, you can start planning a weekly menu for your family. We have the tips to help.

Save Time, Money by Planning Your Menus

Wouldn’t it be nice if you only had to think about what you were going to make for dinner once a week? You picked up all your WIC food. Now what are you going to make?

Between changing diapers and making sure your tot doesn’t run headfirst into danger, finding time to get a healthy meal on the table can be a real struggle. You might find yourself opening the fridge at crunch time, searching for anything you can throw together that your family will eat.

We all know eating healthy is important, but dinnertime can creep up on you every single day. We have all been there. Give meal planning a try.

It can sound intimidating, but it can make feeding your family much easier. You don’t have to spend an entire day in the kitchen or even buy up lots of ingredients in advance. It just takes a little planning, and you can save you lots of time and money.

Think of meal planning as a tool to maximize your ingredients in a way that will also help you make the most of your time. It just means you have to think ahead. 

MAKE A PLAN, KEEP IT SIMPLE 

Use the WIC foods in your kitchen to come up with a meal plan. Our tips will show you how.

Pick a day once a week to write out a menu. Use whatever method you prefer, paper and pen, or even your smartphone. You can make your plan anytime when you have a little extra time (like after the kids go to bed).  This process won’t take long, and as you get familiar with the steps you will be planning with ease.

First, survey the ingredients you already have on hand. Search your pantry, refrigerator and freezer.

Use the ingredients you already have to come up with several dinner ideas you think your family would love. Next, look for the ingredients the recipes might have in common. No reason to cook the same thing twice. Cook once even if it means you have to cook more of the ingredient. For example, if you have two recipes with rice, cook enough for both meals. Store the cooked rice in the refrigerator until it is needed for the second recipe. In some cases, it might make more sense to freeze the extra ingredient you cooked. 

Leftover roasted vegetables can be eaten as a side one night and served on top of a whole grain rice bowl the next night. Leftover beans can also be used in a rice bowl. Roasted vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli, onions and peppers are also great in an omelet the next day. 

If you have extra veggies sitting in your fridge at the end of the week, don’t let them waste. Toss them in a non-stick skillet to create a quick stir-fry.  

HEALTH COMES FIRST WITH WIC FOOD

When picking your recipes and ingredients make sure you are selecting healthy options. There are many tools online. One of our favorite sites is the USDA’s choosemyplate.gov

The website is a great tool to have at your fingertips when searching for tips to make a menu. On the site, you will even find pointers for eating on a budget. There are also some great recipes the entire family will love. Visit choosemyplate.gov/myplatekitchen/recipes to find a few to try this week.  

The USDA even has recommendations on how to plan meals. They suggest being mindful of using ingredients you already have, create a recipe list, think about your schedule for the week and plan to use leftovers. Use their printable calendar to help plan your meals. 

WIC FOOD, CLASSES

Texas WIC also offers guidance online. They even have online classes and explore topics such as “Cooking with Fruits and Vegetables” and courses for “Feeding Tips for Children 1-2 Years Old” and another course for 2-5 year olds. They also have a course on “Food Safety at Home” that could come in handy.

When searching for healthy recipes, you can also browse a collection provided by Texas WIC.  

The program is a helpful resource for expecting mothers and mothers of children up to age 5 years old. The program is 100% free to those that qualify. It’s aimed to help pregnant and breastfeeding mothers get a healthy start for their infants and children up to age five.

WIC also helps you stretch your food budget. WIC recipients can shop for free WIC food such as fresh fruit and vegetables, milk, and even specialty formula.  To find out if you qualify, visit a WIC clinic or apply online.

RECIPES USING WIC FOOD

To get you started, here are a few budget-friendly recipes from the USDA’s ChooseMyPlate.gov you are sure to love. These recipes, using WIC food, are perfect to use in your meal planning this week.

The following recipe is credited to: Author, USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. Black Bean Burgers. MyPlate Kitchen.

Black Bean Burgers 

  • Makes: 4 Servings
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes

Black beans and cooked rice are used as the base of these delicious burgers. Flavored with scallions, garlic and spices, these are sure to please the whole family. 

  • 1 can 15.5 ounce low-sodium black beans (drained and rinsed with cold water)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 2 scallions (green and white minced about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons Chopped fresh cilantro (or basil leaves or a combination)
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled and minced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano or basil
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 whole-wheat buns

Add beans to a bowl and mash with a fork until chunky. Then add the egg and mix well. Add precooked rice, scallions, garlic and oregano, salt and pepper and mix until well combined. Divide the mixture into 4 portions and form each portion into a patty about ¾ to 1 inch thick. Place a large skillet on the stove on high heat.  When the skillet is hot, add oil. Add burgers and cook 4 to 5 minutes per side until browned on both sides and heated throughout. Place on a whole wheat bun.

Notes

  • Use old-fashioned rolled oats, leftover cooked barley or Panko breadcrumbs instead of prepared rice.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings such as lettuce, tomato, guacamole, salsa, low-fat cheese, or low-fat yogurt.

Source: USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

The following recipe is credited to: Author, USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. Spanish Frittata. MyPlate Kitchen.

Spanish Frittata 

  • Makes: 4 Servings
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes

This versatile recipe combines eggs, potatoes, and onion going from stovetop to oven for the finishing touch. Cut into wedges as part of a delicious breakfast, brunch or any meal.  

  • 2 russet potatoes (scrubbed)
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion (peeled and chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Put the potatoes in a non-stick skillet on the stove and cover with cold water. Turn the heat to medium-high and cook about 15 minutes until the potatoes are easily pierced with a knife.  Drain the potatoes well and set aside to cool. Then peel and cut into 1-inch cubes. Put the eggs, salt, and pepper in the bowl and mix well with a whisk. Return the skillet on the stove and turn the heat to medium-high.  Add the oil.  Then add onion and cook about 5 minutes until soft. Add the cubed potatoes. Pour the egg mixture over the potatoes and onions. Press down with a spatula to make an even layer and shake gently to prevent sticking. Lower to medium heat and cook about 7 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook until the frittata is completely set, about 5 minutes.  Gently loosen frittata from the pan. Place a serving plate over the skillet and carefully invert the frittata onto the plate.  Slice into 4 wedges. Serve warm.

Source: USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

Family Fun Events in Austin For The Kids

Check Out These Family Events (Many Are Free & Virtual) Around Austin

We have rounded up a few events around greater Austin we think you and your family would enjoy. Many of them are are free and are virtual events you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.  Here are some activities for January – February:

JANUARY FAMILY EVENTS IN AUSTIN

Wells Branch Community Library – Craft in a Bag – Bags filled with everything you need to do a creative craft at home. The crafts have corresponding storytimes, which can be viewed every Tuesday at 6:30pm and Saturday at 10:30am on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page. Craft bags available every day starting at 2pm.

JAN. 13

Indigo Play – Free KinderDance Class – Indigo Play, 13520 Research Boulevard, Suite 102 from 10 – 10:45 AM recommended for ages 2-5yrs. This high energy class starts with a blend of free-flow creative movement, and then dives into ballet and tap techniques in the second half. No special shoes, clothing, or reservations needed.

JAN. 14

Blanton Museum of Art – Visit for free every Thursday – The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest university art museums in the U.S. Advance online timed tickets are required.

JAN. 15

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.

JAN. 19

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Circle Time in SPANISH every Tuesday at 10:30 AM. Kids ages 0-4 learn basic concepts and vocabulary through interactive songs on Zoom. Registration required.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – Virtual Event – Parent & Toddler Yoga on Zoom from 10 – 10:45 AM. Families find fun, laughter and calm practicing yoga poses and breathing exercises together in this virtual yoga class recommended for ages 18mo – 3yrs. Registration required $12

JAN. 20

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Circle Time every Wednesday at 10:30 AM. Kids ages 0-4 learn basic concepts and vocabulary through interactive songs on Zoom. Registration required.

Indigo Play – Free With Admission KinderDance Class – Indigo Play, 13520 Research Boulevard, Suite 102 from 10 – 10:45 AM recommended for ages 2-5yrs. This high energy class starts with a blend of free-flow creative movement, and then dives into ballet and tap techniques in the second half. No special shoes, clothing, or reservations needed.

JAN. 21

Blanton Museum of Art – Visit for free every Thursday – The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest university art museums in the U.S. Advance online timed tickets are required.

JAN. 22

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.

JAN. 24

Mexic-Art Museum – Free Family Day from 2 – 3 PM – The Mexic-Arte Museum is dedicated to cultural enrichment and education through the collection, preservation and presentation of traditional and contemporary Mexican, Latino, and Latin American art and culture to promote dialogue and develop understanding for visitors of all ages. Spanish tours available upon request.

JAN. 26

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Circle Time in SPANISH every Tuesday at 10:30 AM. Kids ages 0-4 learn basic concepts and vocabulary through interactive songs on Zoom. Registration required.

JAN. 27

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Circle Time every Wednesday at 10:30 AM. Kids ages 0-4 learn basic concepts and vocabulary through interactive songs on Zoom. Registration required.

Indigo Play – Free With Admission KinderDance ClassIndigo Play, 13520 Research Boulevard, Suite 102 from 10 – 10:45 AM recommended for ages 2-5yrs. This high energy class starts with a blend of free-flow creative movement, and then dives into ballet and tap techniques in the second half. No special shoes, clothing, or reservations needed.

JAN. 28

Blanton Museum of Art – Visit for free every Thursday – The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest university art museums in the U.S. Advance online timed tickets are required.

JAN. 29

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.

FEBRUARY FAMILY EVENTS IN AUSTIN

FEB. 2

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Circle Time in SPANISH every Tuesday at 10:30 AM. Kids ages 0-4 learn basic concepts and vocabulary through interactive songs on Zoom. Registration required.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – Virtual Event – Parent & Toddler Yoga on Zoom from 10 – 10:45 AM. Families find fun, laughter and calm practicing yoga poses and breathing exercises together in this virtual yoga class recommended for ages 18mo – 3yrs. Registration required $12

FEB. 3

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Circle Time every Wednesday at 10:30 AM. Kids ages 0-4 learn basic concepts and vocabulary through interactive songs on Zoom. Registration required.

FEB. 4

Blanton Museum of Art – Visit for free every Thursday – The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest university art museums in the U.S. Advance online timed tickets are required.

FEB. 5

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.

FEB. 9

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Circle Time in SPANISH every Tuesday at 10:30 AM. Kids ages 0-4 learn basic concepts and vocabulary through interactive songs on Zoom. Registration required.

FEB. 10

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Circle Time every Wednesday at 10:30 AM. Kids ages 0-4 learn basic concepts and vocabulary through interactive songs on Zoom. Registration required.

FEB. 11

Blanton Museum of Art – Visit for free every Thursday – The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest university art museums in the U.S. Advance online timed tickets are required.

FEB. 12

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.

FEB. 16

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Circle Time in SPANISH every Tuesday at 10:30 AM. Kids ages 0-4 learn basic concepts and vocabulary through interactive songs on Zoom. Registration required.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – Virtual Event – Parent & Toddler Yoga on Zoom from 10 – 10:45 AM. Families find fun, laughter and calm practicing yoga poses and breathing exercises together in this virtual yoga class recommended for ages 18mo – 3yrs. Registration required $12

FEB. 17

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Circle Time every Wednesday at 10:30 AM. Kids ages 0-4 learn basic concepts and vocabulary through interactive songs on Zoom. Registration required.

FEB. 18

Blanton Museum of Art – Visit for free every Thursday – The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest university art museums in the U.S. Advance online timed tickets are required.

FEB. 19

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.

FEB. 23

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Circle Time in SPANISH every Tuesday at 10:30 AM. Kids ages 0-4 learn basic concepts and vocabulary through interactive songs on Zoom. Registration required.

FEB. 24

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Circle Time every Wednesday at 10:30 AM. Kids ages 0-4 learn basic concepts and vocabulary through interactive songs on Zoom. Registration required.

FEB. 25

Blanton Museum of Art – Visit for free every Thursday – The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest university art museums in the U.S. Advance online timed tickets are required.

FEB. 26

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.

We hope your family enjoyes checking out these events around Austin this month!

 

We Accept SNAP

WE ACCEPT SNAP

Did you know Lone Star Family Market, a primarily WIC grocery store, also accepts SNAP? SNAP Accepted

Our locations are near WIC Clinics to help make it easier for WIC Clients to redeem their benefits. While you are picking up your healthy WIC foods, you can also redeem your SNAP food benefits at our locations.

Also during times of low availability of standard grocery items, traditional grocery stores may limit the amount or number of grocery items that can be redeemed. At our stores we never limit your redemptions. If you are approved by the government for the benefit, you can redeem as much as you like.

Many mothers on WIC also choose to use their SNAP benefit at our WIC store to purchase additional baby formula.

Woman Infants Children (WIC) is a nutrition supplement program to assist mothers get the healthiest start for their children, up to age 5. The program provides FREE nutrition education, breastfeeding support, classes and food packages for qualifying women.

WIC clients may also be eligible for SNAP, a program to help adults buy food. You can pick up qualifying food products at any of our locations.

BENEFITS INCREASING

Governor Greg Abbott announced last week that beginning in January, SNAP recipients will receive a 15 percent increase in their total benefits, which will continue monthly until June 2021. The additional 15 percent increase and the emergency allotment amount should appear in recipients’ accounts by Jan. 23.

“Thank you to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for extending these benefits and increasing the amount of benefits that Texas families will receive,” said Governor Abbott. “These emergency SNAP benefits continue to help put food on the table for many Texas families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Texans in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP and Medicaid, at YourTexasBenefits.com

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Lone Star Family Market is a service provider for the WIC program, not a part of the WIC program. This is not an official WIC blog.