Love Texas WIC Program All Year Long

There are so many things to love about Texas WIC. 

For starters, it’s a great place for parents to turn for help. The pros at Texas WIC can also show parents the ropes for self love during pregnancy and after. Plus, nutrition tips and free healthy food packages help moms and babies eat healthy.

PRO PARENTING TIPS

Texas WIC is the perfect place to turn for your parenting questions. Whether you are pregnant and wondering what is safe for expecting moms to eat or you want help feeding your infant, Texas WIC has the answers. Plus, the program is free for qualifying Texas mothers. 

As your baby grows, Texas WIC offers tips and guidance about developmental milestones and how to care, feed your baby so they grow up healthy. 

SELF LOVE DURING AND AFTER PREGNANCY

Texas WIC also helps mothers stay healthy. A healthy mother helps create healthy babies. Texas WIC pros offer tips on how to eat, exercise and take care of you and your baby while you are pregnant and while breastfeeding. 

HEALTHY NUTRITION

Some might say the best part of Texas WIC is the free healthy food packages for WIC clients. The packages start when moms learn they are expecting. They are also adapted for children until they turn 5 years old.  So mom and babies can get free, nutritious foods like milk, bread, healthy cereal, baby formula, fruits and vegetables and so much more. The Texas WIC program is for qualifying Texas mothers and children up to age 5. To apply for Texas WIC, visit them online at Texaswic.org.

GROCERY SERVICES NORTH

Grocery Services North stores help WIC clients get all their WIC foods in one easy stop. Bilingual clerks help customers shop for their foods. Find out how easy WIC shopping can be, and visit a store today. Grocery Services North is a service provider for the WIC program, not a part of the WIC program.

East Texas Events Perfect For Your Kiddos In February

< February 2023 >
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
    1Preschool Story Time - WacoPreschool Story Time - WacoTime: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Kids ages 3-6 get to build listening and communication skills while they have FUN, learn about other cultures, and grow their imaginations. Come hear great stories and take home a craft!
West Waco Library
5301 Bosque Blvd,
Waco, TX 76710
Toddler Storytime at the Library - TylerToddler Storytime at the Library - TylerTime: 10:30 am
Join Library staff weekly for reading, singing, activities, and playtime at Library storytimes! All age children are welcome at storytimes. Auditorium (First Floor)
Toddler Storytime | Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. | Geared for ages 18-36 months
Tyler Public Library
201 S. College Ave., Tyler, TX, 75702
2Preschool Storytime at the Library - TylerPreschool Storytime at the Library - TylerTime: 10:30 am
Join Library staff weekly for reading, singing, activities, and playtime at Library storytimes! All age children are welcome at storytimes. Auditorium (First Floor)
Preschool Storytime | Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. | Geared for ages 3-6 years
Tyler Public Library
201 S. College Ave., Tyler, TX, 75702
3Spanish Storytime - TylerSpanish Storytime - TylerTime: 10:30 am
Join Tyler Public Library for a Spanish storytime featuring reading, singing, and fun! This program is geared for toddlers and preschoolers but open to all age children.
February 3 and 17 at 10:30 a.m. | Playroom (First Floor)
Tyler Public Library
201 S. College Ave., Tyler, TX, 75702
4Polar Playday - TylerPolar Playday - TylerTime: 10:30 am
Children age 0 to preschool and their parents and caregivers are invited for a playday full of winter-themed crafts, games, and snacks! 10:30 a.m. in the Auditorium (First Floor)
Tyler Public Library
201 S. College Ave., Tyler, TX, 75702
Legos at the Longview LibraryLegos at the Longview LibraryTime: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Join Longview Public Library on Saturdays at 11:00 AM in the children's department. Youth services staff will announce a new LEGO build theme for the day. Then it's up to your kids to create something original based on the theme. They have until 1:00 PM to complete their builds. Library staff will judge the submissions and choose a creative champion from three different age brackets to issue a small reward to!
Longview Public Library
222 W. Cotton St.
Longview, TX 75601
5
6Music & Movement in LongviewMusic & Movement in LongviewTime: 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Children ages 0-5, along with their caregivers, join us for early exposure to music! Have fun singing, dancing, listening to a story, and interacting with our new instruments! This program is held on Mondays at 10:30 AM and will meet in-person at the library. Free to attend.
Broughton Branch Library
801 S. MLK Jr. Blvd.
Longview, TX 75602
7Baby Storytime at the Library - TylerBaby Storytime at the Library - TylerTime: 10:30 am
Join Library staff weekly for reading, singing, activities, and playtime at Library storytimes! All age children are welcome at storytimes. Auditorium (First Floor)
Baby Storytime | Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. | Geared for ages 0-18 months
Tyler Public Library
201 S. College Ave., Tyler, TX, 75702
8Preschool Story Time - WacoPreschool Story Time - WacoTime: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Kids ages 3-6 get to build listening and communication skills while they have FUN, learn about other cultures, and grow their imaginations. Come hear great stories and take home a craft!
West Waco Library
5301 Bosque Blvd,
Waco, TX 76710
Toddler Storytime at the Library - TylerToddler Storytime at the Library - TylerTime: 10:30 am
Join Library staff weekly for reading, singing, activities, and playtime at Library storytimes! All age children are welcome at storytimes. Auditorium (First Floor)
Toddler Storytime | Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. | Geared for ages 18-36 months
Tyler Public Library
201 S. College Ave., Tyler, TX, 75702
9Preschool Storytime at the Library - TylerPreschool Storytime at the Library - TylerTime: 10:30 am
Join Library staff weekly for reading, singing, activities, and playtime at Library storytimes! All age children are welcome at storytimes. Auditorium (First Floor)
Preschool Storytime | Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. | Geared for ages 3-6 years
Tyler Public Library
201 S. College Ave., Tyler, TX, 75702
10 11Legos at the Longview LibraryLegos at the Longview LibraryTime: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Join Longview Public Library on Saturdays at 11:00 AM in the children's department. Youth services staff will announce a new LEGO build theme for the day. Then it's up to your kids to create something original based on the theme. They have until 1:00 PM to complete their builds. Library staff will judge the submissions and choose a creative champion from three different age brackets to issue a small reward to!
Longview Public Library
222 W. Cotton St.
Longview, TX 75601
Family Day at Tyler Museum of ArtFamily Day at Tyler Museum of ArtTime: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Looking for a family friendly adventure this weekend? Enjoy free art activities for the whole family and light refreshments. Family Day will be held every second Saturday of the month.
Tyler Museum of Art
1300 South Mahon Avenue, Tyler, TX
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13Music & Movement in LongviewMusic & Movement in LongviewTime: 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Children ages 0-5, along with their caregivers, join us for early exposure to music! Have fun singing, dancing, listening to a story, and interacting with our new instruments! This program is held on Mondays at 10:30 AM and will meet in-person at the library. Free to attend.
Broughton Branch Library
801 S. MLK Jr. Blvd.
Longview, TX 75602
14Baby Storytime at the Library - TylerBaby Storytime at the Library - TylerTime: 10:30 am
Join Library staff weekly for reading, singing, activities, and playtime at Library storytimes! All age children are welcome at storytimes. Auditorium (First Floor)
Baby Storytime | Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. | Geared for ages 0-18 months
Tyler Public Library
201 S. College Ave., Tyler, TX, 75702
15Preschool Story Time - WacoPreschool Story Time - WacoTime: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Kids ages 3-6 get to build listening and communication skills while they have FUN, learn about other cultures, and grow their imaginations. Come hear great stories and take home a craft!
West Waco Library
5301 Bosque Blvd,
Waco, TX 76710
Toddler Storytime at the Library - TylerToddler Storytime at the Library - TylerTime: 10:30 am
Join Library staff weekly for reading, singing, activities, and playtime at Library storytimes! All age children are welcome at storytimes. Auditorium (First Floor)
Toddler Storytime | Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. | Geared for ages 18-36 months
Tyler Public Library
201 S. College Ave., Tyler, TX, 75702
16Preschool Storytime at the Library - TylerPreschool Storytime at the Library - TylerTime: 10:30 am
Join Library staff weekly for reading, singing, activities, and playtime at Library storytimes! All age children are welcome at storytimes. Auditorium (First Floor)
Preschool Storytime | Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. | Geared for ages 3-6 years
Tyler Public Library
201 S. College Ave., Tyler, TX, 75702
Stuffie Sleepover Storytime - TylerStuffie Sleepover Storytime - TylerTime: 10:30 am
Children and parents are encouraged to wear their pajamas, and children can bring a stuffed animal or toy from home that will spend a special overnight sleepover at the Library. It's not required for your child's stuffed animal friend to spend the night, but if a stuffie is staying, please make sure it is one your child is okay with being separated from overnight.
February 16 at 10:30 a.m. | Auditorium (First Floor)
Tyler Public Library
201 S. College Ave., Tyler, TX, 75702
17Spanish Storytime - TylerSpanish Storytime - TylerTime: 10:30 am
Join Tyler Public Library for a Spanish storytime featuring reading, singing, and fun! This program is geared for toddlers and preschoolers but open to all age children.
Tyler Public Library
201 S. College Ave., Tyler, TX, 75702
18Legos at the Longview LibraryLegos at the Longview LibraryTime: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Join Longview Public Library on Saturdays at 11:00 AM in the children's department. Youth services staff will announce a new LEGO build theme for the day. Then it's up to your kids to create something original based on the theme. They have until 1:00 PM to complete their builds. Library staff will judge the submissions and choose a creative champion from three different age brackets to issue a small reward to!
Longview Public Library
222 W. Cotton St.
Longview, TX 75601
19
20Music & Movement in LongviewMusic & Movement in LongviewTime: 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Children ages 0-5, along with their caregivers, join us for early exposure to music! Have fun singing, dancing, listening to a story, and interacting with our new instruments! This program is held on Mondays at 10:30 AM and will meet in-person at the library. Free to attend.
Broughton Branch Library
801 S. MLK Jr. Blvd.
Longview, TX 75602
21Baby Storytime at the Library - TylerBaby Storytime at the Library - TylerTime: 10:30 am
Join Library staff weekly for reading, singing, activities, and playtime at Library storytimes! All age children are welcome at storytimes. Auditorium (First Floor)
Baby Storytime | Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. | Geared for ages 0-18 months
Tyler Public Library
201 S. College Ave., Tyler, TX, 75702
22Preschool Story Time - WacoPreschool Story Time - WacoTime: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Kids ages 3-6 get to build listening and communication skills while they have FUN, learn about other cultures, and grow their imaginations. Come hear great stories and take home a craft!
West Waco Library
5301 Bosque Blvd,
Waco, TX 76710
Toddler Storytime at the Library - TylerToddler Storytime at the Library - TylerTime: 10:30 am
Join Library staff weekly for reading, singing, activities, and playtime at Library storytimes! All age children are welcome at storytimes. Auditorium (First Floor)
Toddler Storytime | Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. | Geared for ages 18-36 months
Tyler Public Library
201 S. College Ave., Tyler, TX, 75702
23Preschool Storytime at the Library - TylerPreschool Storytime at the Library - TylerTime: 10:30 am
Join Library staff weekly for reading, singing, activities, and playtime at Library storytimes! All age children are welcome at storytimes. Auditorium (First Floor)
Preschool Storytime | Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. | Geared for ages 3-6 years
Tyler Public Library
201 S. College Ave., Tyler, TX, 75702
24 25Legos at the Longview LibraryLegos at the Longview LibraryTime: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Join Longview Public Library on Saturdays at 11:00 AM in the children's department. Youth services staff will announce a new LEGO build theme for the day. Then it's up to your kids to create something original based on the theme. They have until 1:00 PM to complete their builds. Library staff will judge the submissions and choose a creative champion from three different age brackets to issue a small reward to!
Longview Public Library
222 W. Cotton St.
Longview, TX 75601
26
27Music & Movement in LongviewMusic & Movement in LongviewTime: 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Children ages 0-5, along with their caregivers, join us for early exposure to music! Have fun singing, dancing, listening to a story, and interacting with our new instruments! This program is held on Mondays at 10:30 AM and will meet in-person at the library. Free to attend.
Broughton Branch Library
801 S. MLK Jr. Blvd.
Longview, TX 75602
28Baby Storytime at the Library - TylerBaby Storytime at the Library - TylerTime: 10:30 am
Join Library staff weekly for reading, singing, activities, and playtime at Library storytimes! All age children are welcome at storytimes. Auditorium (First Floor)
Baby Storytime | Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. | Geared for ages 0-18 months
Tyler Public Library
201 S. College Ave., Tyler, TX, 75702
         

Show Your Children Love With These Kid-Friendly Events Around DFW

< February 2023 >
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
    1Together Time Storytime at Allen Public LibraryTogether Time Storytime at Allen Public LibraryTime: 10:15 am
Allen Public Library - Join every Wednesday morning at 10:15 AM & at 11:15 AM in the Children's Program Room for fun literacy based activities that incorporate reading, talking, playing, singing and writing, especially for families with toddlers and preschoolers. Registration required.
Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, Texas 75013
Play & LearnPlay & LearnTime: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join Garland Libraries for free-play time for families to enjoy. A variety of toys, STEAM toys, games, and stations will be available to explore!
North Garland Branch Library
3845 N Garland Ave, Garland, TX
2Toddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryToddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryTime: 10:00 am
Join Lewisville Public Library every Thursday at 10:00 AM & at 10:45 AM for Toddler Time. Designed for walkers, we focus on early literacy skills through stories, songs, movement, and fingerplays. A parent or caregiver must attend and participate with children. Free ticket required, space is limited. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Youth Services Desk, 30 minutes before the start of the class.
Lewisville Public Library
1197 W Main Street
Lewisville, Texas 75067
Fun Ones & Twos Story TimeFun Ones & Twos Story TimeTime: 10:15 am
Join every Thursday morning at 10:15 AM & at 11:15 AM in the Children's Program Room for fun literacy based activities that incorporate reading, talking, playing, singing and writing, for families with toddlers ages 1-2. Registration required.
Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, Texas 75013
3 4Saturday Make & Take Crafts at The Coppell Arts CenterSaturday Make & Take Crafts at The Coppell Arts CenterTime: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Coppell Arts Center hosts free make-and-take craft workshops for kids 3 to 12 on the first Saturday of each month from 9 AM - 12 PM.
The Coppell Arts Center
505 Travis St, Coppell, TX
5
6Mother Goose TimeMother Goose TimeTime: 10:45 am
A lap-sit class designed to encourage one-on-one interaction between adult and child through songs, stories, and play. For children ages 0-15 months. A parent or caregiver must attend with infants. Ticket required. Space is limited, so plan to arrive early. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Youth Services Desk, 30 minutes before the start of the class.
Lewisville Public Library
1197 W Main Street, Lewisville, Texas 75067
7Toddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryToddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryTime: 10:00 am
Join Lewisville Public Library every Tuesday at 10:00 AM for Toddler Time. Designed for walkers, we focus on early literacy skills through stories, songs, movement, and fingerplays. A parent or caregiver must attend and participate with children. Free ticket required, space is limited. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Youth Services Desk, 30 minutes before the start of the class.
Lewisville Public Library
1197 W Main Street
Lewisville, Texas 75067
Allen Public Library - Baby & Me Story TimeAllen Public Library - Baby & Me Story TimeTime: 10:15 am
Join every Tuesday morning at 10:15 AM in the Children's Program Room for fun literacy based activities that incorporate reading, talking, playing, singing and writing, especially for families with toddlers and preschoolers. Registration required.
Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, Texas 75013
Parenting Class: Getting Your Child to EatParenting Class: Getting Your Child to EatTime: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Join Birth Choice for a FREE in-person parenting class discussing getting your child to eat and how to create motivation.
Birth Choice
8610 Greenville Ave #200, Dallas, TX
8Together Time Storytime at Allen Public LibraryTogether Time Storytime at Allen Public LibraryTime: 10:15 am
Allen Public Library - Join every Wednesday morning at 10:15 AM & at 11:15 AM in the Children's Program Room for fun literacy based activities that incorporate reading, talking, playing, singing and writing, especially for families with toddlers and preschoolers. Registration required.
Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, Texas 75013
Play & LearnPlay & LearnTime: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join Garland Libraries for free-play time for families to enjoy. A variety of toys, STEAM toys, games, and stations will be available to explore!
North Garland Branch Library
3845 N Garland Ave, Garland, TX
9Toddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryToddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryTime: 10:00 am
Join Lewisville Public Library every Thursday at 10:00 AM & at 10:45 AM for Toddler Time. Designed for walkers, we focus on early literacy skills through stories, songs, movement, and fingerplays. A parent or caregiver must attend and participate with children. Free ticket required, space is limited. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Youth Services Desk, 30 minutes before the start of the class.
Lewisville Public Library
1197 W Main Street
Lewisville, Texas 75067
Fun Ones & Twos Story TimeFun Ones & Twos Story TimeTime: 10:15 am
Join every Thursday morning at 10:15 AM & at 11:15 AM in the Children's Program Room for fun literacy based activities that incorporate reading, talking, playing, singing and writing, for families with toddlers ages 1-2. Registration required.
Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, Texas 75013
10Baby PlaytimeBaby PlaytimeTime: 11:15 am
Parents, caregivers, and grandparents! Bring baby to experience a variety of sensory play areas including building boxes, art activities, shakers, and much more! For babies ages 6-18 months and an adult. Pre-registration not required. This program meets on the second Friday of the month at 11:15 a.m
Flower Mound Public Library
3030 Broadmoor Ln, Flower Mound, TX
11 12Second Sunday FundaySecond Sunday FundayTime: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Second Sunday Fundays is a hands-on art afternoon that offers parents & children projects they can create together in the creative atmosphere of Irving Arts Center.
Irving Arts Center
3333 North MacArthur Blvd,
Irving, TX, 75062
13Mother Goose TimeMother Goose TimeTime: 10:45 am
A lap-sit class designed to encourage one-on-one interaction between adult and child through songs, stories, and play. For children ages 0-15 months. A parent or caregiver must attend with infants. Ticket required. Space is limited, so plan to arrive early. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Youth Services Desk, 30 minutes before the start of the class.
Lewisville Public Library
1197 W Main Street, Lewisville, Texas 75067
14Toddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryToddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryTime: 10:00 am
Join Lewisville Public Library every Tuesday at 10:00 AM for Toddler Time. Designed for walkers, we focus on early literacy skills through stories, songs, movement, and fingerplays. A parent or caregiver must attend and participate with children. Free ticket required, space is limited. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Youth Services Desk, 30 minutes before the start of the class.
Lewisville Public Library
1197 W Main Street
Lewisville, Texas 75067
Allen Public Library - Baby & Me Story TimeAllen Public Library - Baby & Me Story TimeTime: 10:15 am
Join every Tuesday morning at 10:15 AM in the Children's Program Room for fun literacy based activities that incorporate reading, talking, playing, singing and writing, especially for families with toddlers and preschoolers. Registration required.
Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, Texas 75013
Bilingual Storytime at Lewisville Public LibraryBilingual Storytime at Lewisville Public LibraryTime: 6:00 pm
Join Lewisville Public Library for a bilingual storytime with books, songs, and rhymes in English and Spanish! A free ticket is required for entry. Tickets are handed out 30 minutes before class starts on a first-come, first-served basis.
Lewisville Public Library
1197 W. Main Street
Lewisville, TX 75067
15Together Time Storytime at Allen Public LibraryTogether Time Storytime at Allen Public LibraryTime: 10:15 am
Allen Public Library - Join every Wednesday morning at 10:15 AM & at 11:15 AM in the Children's Program Room for fun literacy based activities that incorporate reading, talking, playing, singing and writing, especially for families with toddlers and preschoolers. Registration required.
Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, Texas 75013
Play & LearnPlay & LearnTime: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join Garland Libraries for free-play time for families to enjoy. A variety of toys, STEAM toys, games, and stations will be available to explore!
North Garland Branch Library
3845 N Garland Ave, Garland, TX
16Toddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryToddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryTime: 10:00 am
Join Lewisville Public Library every Thursday at 10:00 AM & at 10:45 AM for Toddler Time. Designed for walkers, we focus on early literacy skills through stories, songs, movement, and fingerplays. A parent or caregiver must attend and participate with children. Free ticket required, space is limited. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Youth Services Desk, 30 minutes before the start of the class.
Lewisville Public Library
1197 W Main Street
Lewisville, Texas 75067
Fun Ones & Twos Story TimeFun Ones & Twos Story TimeTime: 10:15 am
Join every Thursday morning at 10:15 AM & at 11:15 AM in the Children's Program Room for fun literacy based activities that incorporate reading, talking, playing, singing and writing, for families with toddlers ages 1-2. Registration required.
Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, Texas 75013
17 18Saturday StorytimeSaturday StorytimeTime: 3:00 pm
Enjoy stories, rhymes, music and movement for the whole family! Saturday Storytime will be held on the third Saturday of the month at 3 p.m.
Flower Mound Public Library
3030 Broadmoor Ln, Flower Mound, TX
19
20Mother Goose TimeMother Goose TimeTime: 10:45 am
A lap-sit class designed to encourage one-on-one interaction between adult and child through songs, stories, and play. For children ages 0-15 months. A parent or caregiver must attend with infants. Ticket required. Space is limited, so plan to arrive early. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Youth Services Desk, 30 minutes before the start of the class.
Lewisville Public Library
1197 W Main Street, Lewisville, Texas 75067
21Toddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryToddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryTime: 10:00 am
Join Lewisville Public Library every Tuesday at 10:00 AM for Toddler Time. Designed for walkers, we focus on early literacy skills through stories, songs, movement, and fingerplays. A parent or caregiver must attend and participate with children. Free ticket required, space is limited. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Youth Services Desk, 30 minutes before the start of the class.
Lewisville Public Library
1197 W Main Street
Lewisville, Texas 75067
Allen Public Library - Baby & Me Story TimeAllen Public Library - Baby & Me Story TimeTime: 10:15 am
Join every Tuesday morning at 10:15 AM in the Children's Program Room for fun literacy based activities that incorporate reading, talking, playing, singing and writing, especially for families with toddlers and preschoolers. Registration required.
Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, Texas 75013
22Together Time Storytime at Allen Public LibraryTogether Time Storytime at Allen Public LibraryTime: 10:15 am
Allen Public Library - Join every Wednesday morning at 10:15 AM & at 11:15 AM in the Children's Program Room for fun literacy based activities that incorporate reading, talking, playing, singing and writing, especially for families with toddlers and preschoolers. Registration required.
Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, Texas 75013
Play & LearnPlay & LearnTime: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join Garland Libraries for free-play time for families to enjoy. A variety of toys, STEAM toys, games, and stations will be available to explore!
North Garland Branch Library
3845 N Garland Ave, Garland, TX
23Toddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryToddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryTime: 10:00 am
Join Lewisville Public Library every Thursday at 10:00 AM & at 10:45 AM for Toddler Time. Designed for walkers, we focus on early literacy skills through stories, songs, movement, and fingerplays. A parent or caregiver must attend and participate with children. Free ticket required, space is limited. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Youth Services Desk, 30 minutes before the start of the class.
Lewisville Public Library
1197 W Main Street
Lewisville, Texas 75067
Fun Ones & Twos Story TimeFun Ones & Twos Story TimeTime: 10:15 am
Join every Thursday morning at 10:15 AM & at 11:15 AM in the Children's Program Room for fun literacy based activities that incorporate reading, talking, playing, singing and writing, for families with toddlers ages 1-2. Registration required.
Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, Texas 75013
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27Mother Goose TimeMother Goose TimeTime: 10:45 am
A lap-sit class designed to encourage one-on-one interaction between adult and child through songs, stories, and play. For children ages 0-15 months. A parent or caregiver must attend with infants. Ticket required. Space is limited, so plan to arrive early. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Youth Services Desk, 30 minutes before the start of the class.
Lewisville Public Library
1197 W Main Street, Lewisville, Texas 75067
28Toddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryToddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryTime: 10:00 am
Join Lewisville Public Library every Tuesday at 10:00 AM for Toddler Time. Designed for walkers, we focus on early literacy skills through stories, songs, movement, and fingerplays. A parent or caregiver must attend and participate with children. Free ticket required, space is limited. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Youth Services Desk, 30 minutes before the start of the class.
Lewisville Public Library
1197 W Main Street
Lewisville, Texas 75067
Allen Public Library - Baby & Me Story TimeAllen Public Library - Baby & Me Story TimeTime: 10:15 am
Join every Tuesday morning at 10:15 AM in the Children's Program Room for fun literacy based activities that incorporate reading, talking, playing, singing and writing, especially for families with toddlers and preschoolers. Registration required.
Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, Texas 75013
Bilingual Storytime at Lewisville Public LibraryBilingual Storytime at Lewisville Public LibraryTime: 6:00 pm
Join Lewisville Public Library for a bilingual storytime with books, songs, and rhymes in English and Spanish! A free ticket is required for entry. Tickets are handed out 30 minutes before class starts on a first-come, first-served basis.
Lewisville Public Library
1197 W. Main Street
Lewisville, TX 75067
         
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Ways Texas WIC Helps Moms, Babies

Mothers only want the best for their babies, and that usually starts with the news you are expecting. Luckily for qualifying Texas residents there is a program that helps mothers make sure their nutritional needs are being met to help ensure the best healthy start for their babies. Texas WIC offers nutrition education, free supplemental foods and support for moms and babies.

Here are some of the best ways Texas WIC offers help to expecting moms and moms with children up to age 5.

  1. WIC provides supplemental foods to qualifying pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women.
  2. WIC helps to improve the health of pregnant women and their babies. That includes providing baby formula to babies in need.
  3. WIC provides nutrition education and counseling to help participants make healthy food choices. 
  4. WIC helps participants access other social services. 
  5. WIC has been shown to reduce the incidence of low birth weight babies, according to studies on USDA’s website.

If you want to learn more about Texas WIC, visit their website at texaswic.org. You can also apply on online at texaswic.org/apply.

For easy WIC grocery shopping, visit Grocery Services North stores in Dallas, Garland, Grand Prairie, Plano, Waco, Tyler and Longview. Bilingual clerks help WIC clients get all their WIC foods in one easy stop. Visit today to find out how easy WIC shopping can be. Find a store near you at groceryservicesnorth.com/locations

WIC Produce Benefits Update

Expanded Dollar Amount For Fruit, Vegetable Benefits Offered Until Sept. 2023

Good news! Texas WIC’s temporary fruit and vegetable dollar amount increase is now being offered through September 30, 2023!  The increased dollar amount for WIC produce benefits (fruits and vegetables) are for the following amounts:

  • Children get $25 each month 
  • Pregnant, postpartum and some breastfeeding clients get $44 each month 
  • Fully and partially breastfeeding clients get $49 each month 

Texas WIC professionals provided the following example: if you are pregnant and have two children (ages 1-5) receiving WIC, you will get $94 ($44 mom + $25 child + $25 child = $94) to buy fruit and vegetables. 

You will see this new amount on your shopping list under your benefit amount, according to Texas WIC.

The fruit and vegetable benefits are expected to return to the normal amounts on Oct. 1, 2023.  WIC clients can use their benefits to buy fruits and vegetables that are fresh, frozen and in cans, glass jars and plastic containers.

USE WIC PRODUCE BENEFITS FOR THESE RECIPES

Pick up all your WIC foods at any Grocery Services North store. There are 11 locations in Dallas, Grand Prairie, Garland, Plano, Tyler and Longview. to help you get your WIC foods in one easy, fast top. Visit today to find out how easy WIC shopping can be. Here are a few recipes using WIC-approved fruits, vegetables you might like:

Two Recipes Featuring WIC Foods

Ratatouille Recipe

For even more recipes, visit our blog.

WIC Inspired Recipe

Use WIC-Approved Pasta to Make This Comforting Meal

This recipe features WIC-approved pasta, and is sure to be a crowd pleaser. It’s creamy and cheesy…the kids might not even notice the vegetables! Plus, it makes a big batch so you can cook and eat more than once.

Lemon Alfredo Bowties with Tuna & Peas

1 lb whole wheat pasta

1 cup frozen peas

2 cans tuna

Juice from ½ lemon 

(Add lemon zest to bring out more lemon flavor)

2 tablespoons minced garlic

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 ½ cups whole milk

½ stick butter

1 ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese 

(Mozzarella works great too – Just be sure not to use pre-shredded cheese!)

¼ cup flour

Season with pepper, onion powder, & oregano to your taste

Boil pasta with 1 tablespoon of salt for 10-12 minutes, or suggested cook time on package. 

Drain & set aside. In the same pot, heat olive oil at medium high heat and add minced garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes, or until golden. Add tuna and break up into smaller pieces. Add lemon zest and lemon juice, cook for 3 minutes, then add butter and half of the shredded cheese. Slowly add in milk and flour, while stirring well. Turn the heat down to medium and bring to a simmer while stirring often. Add in peas, and the other half of the shredded cheese. Cook for about 5 more minutes, stirring often, then turn off the heat. Slowly mix in the pasta. 

Top with more shredded cheese if you like! Enjoy!

Get all your WIC-approved pasta and other WIC foods at Grocery Services North stores. It’s easy, fast and you can get all your WIC foods in one easy stop. Visit today to see for yourself.

Looking for more WIC-inspired recipes? Check out our blog. 

Mom Hacks Using WIC Foods

Moms and moms-to-be all need savvy, time-saving hacks to save time, be healthy and to maintain sanity.

Infant and toddler moms don’t usually have a lot of spare time. Moms often feel a lot of stress to take care of tiny humans. That’s why we have come up with some great mom hacks to help save time while offering a little piece-of-mind.

Stress for expecting mothers can also be high. What can you eat? What should you not eat? It can be overwhelming. Not to mention, you are creating a human in your belly. That is very tiring.

PREGNANCY HACKS

Now is the perfect time to practice carrying a prepared bag (think diaper bag for moms). Except this bag will be filled with healthy snacks/water for mom. Here are a few ideas for your mom bag: water bottle, dry WIC-approved cereal – which is packed with iron and fiber. Other ideas for your “snack” bag: fresh fruit like bananas or peanut butter on whole wheat bread. Get more information about WIC foods and pregnancy here.

TIME SAVING COOKING HACKS FOR MOMS

Every mom loves a good kitchen shortcut. Here are a few ideas you can use in the kitchen to help you save time and maintain your sanity.

  1. First up: homemade teething rings. When toddlers start to teeth, it can be painful for your baby and hard on mom. No parent likes a little one to cry in pain. Make homemade teething ring popsicles. The cold pop is perfect for sore gums. Plus, because you can make several at a time and freeze you will have treats for weeks to come. Here is a recipe you can use:

BERRY YOGURT POPSICLES

1 ½ bananas (mom can eat the other half)

16 ounces of yogurt (any flavor)

4 ounces of blueberries

Blend all ingredients in a blender until it is very smooth. Place yogurt mixture into popsicle molds. Freeze for at least 6 hours. Keep in the freezer for the next time your child needs a treat.

2. Here is another time-saving hack: make pre-made snacks for hungry toddlers. Moms know that one of your main roles as a parent is to give your child healthy foods. It can often feel like a full-time job. You can save time by making several pre-made snacks to keep on hand. Pre-cook boiled eggs to have on head in the fridge. These are great for children starting to eat real foods and older kids looking for a snack. For kiddos starting to eat table food, make sure you have easy foods you can grab when your baby is hungry. A few great examples are avocados and bananas that can be smashed for smaller children. Here are a few more ideas for snacks using WIC foods.

CRAFTY PROJECTS

Having a little fun can also be a great way to take a break and cut the stress. We have gathered a few hacks using containers from WIC foods. Use empty and cleaned milk and egg cartons for fun crafty projects. So are baby food jars. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Turn your egg carton into a fun container for kid paint. Each egg holder can be for a different color. Your egg container could also be used to create a homemade sensory tray. Fill the egg carton with items with different textures that you can find around the house: a small ball of yarn, a block, a small piece of fabric. Just make sure the items are age-appropriate and are not a choking hazard for your little one.
  2. For older kids, use the lids from your milk jugs to make checkers pieces. Just color the lid black or red. Save enough to make your own checkers pieces. Make a checkerboard out of cardboard or a piece of paper you have around the house.

Of course your imagination is the limit for using containers to help entertain your kids. Sometimes kids enjoy making toys out of the simplest items around your house.

The best mom hack of all is to get all your WIC foods in one easy stop at any Grocery Services North location. Since you won’t have to go searching down long aisles to get all your WIC foods, you will save time and your sanity. Find a location near you.

Do you have mom hacks you would like to share? Drop them in the comments below. Use hashtag #GSNmomhacks

Looking for more blog articles about these topics? Check these out:

Join WIC During Pregnancy

3 Reasons To Join WIC

Celebrate New Year’s Day Blacked-Eye Peas, Cabbage

Cheers to 2023!

Fill Your Bowl With Symbols Of A Year-To-Come Filled With Luck, Money

It’s almost 2023! Bringing in a New Year has a set of customs and traditions. The ball drops at Midnight. Some watch fireworks light up the sky. Some may attend parties and others may cuddle up for a movie or book at home. 

New Year’s Day traditions center around food! Many people celebrate New Year’s Day with Blacked Eyed Peas, which symbolizes a year filled with good luck. Others may eat something green, like Cabbage or Greens, to symbolize a year filled with money. 

This recipe combines ‘luck’ and ‘money’ into one simple, delicious Near Year’s Day meal or side you and your family will love. Cheers to a year filled with luck and money!

BLACK-EYED PEAS

3 cups of black eyed peas (you can use canned, frozen, or dry!)

1 can of diced tomatoes 

½ head of cabbage, diced

½ onion, diced

1 lg carrot, diced

1 jalapeno, seeds removed & finely diced

4 cups of chicken broth

Salt, Pepper, Paprika, Oregano

Note: You can also use any of these leftovers you may have in you fridge to step it up a notch: 

Corn, bacon, ham, or a ham bone

Add all ingredients to a slow cooker and cook for 4 hours on high heat, season to taste.

Pick up all your WIC foods in one easy stop at any Grocery Services North location. 

2 Great Recipes Using WIC Foods

Potato Soup, 3 Bean Chili Recipes To Comfort Your Family This Winter

This winter, soups are the perfect way to cozy up. We have two amazing recipes using WIC foods that will help warm your whole family on the coldest of days. These two recipes use popular WIC foods such as beans, vegetables and cheese to help make a filling family meal that you can enjoy for days to come.

BAKED POTATO SOUP

5 large russet potatoes, diced

1 teaspoon salt

5 slices thick cut bacon

1 large onion, finely diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 Tablespoon butter

¼ cup flour

3 cups Chicken broth

2 cups milk

1 cup sour cream

½ teaspoon pepper

2 cups shredded cheese – Colby jack, cheddar, or mozzarella work best

1/8 cup green onion chives, finely diced

Helpful Tips: 

Avoid using bagged shredded cheese, as it contains cellulose which prevents the cheese from melting smoothly.

Plain Greek Yogurt can be used instead of sour cream.

Instructions:

Submerge diced potatoes in a pot of water. Add salt and boil for about 20 minutes or until fork tender. Drain the potatoes and set aside.

Cut the bacon into squares and cook low and slow until crisp.

Add the onions and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and butter and cook for 2 more minutes. 

Slowly stir in flour while mixing and cook for 1 – 2 minutes.

Add the chicken broth, then the milk. Bring to a boil while stirring often, then reduce to a simmer. Mash the potatoes then add them to the pot. Mix in the sour cream, salt and pepper.

Remove from heat.

Gradually sprinkle in the shredded cheese. Stir until combined. Add the green onion chives and any extra cheese or sour cream you want. The soup will continue to thicken as it stands. 

Serve & enjoy!

Frijoles WIC

The temperatures are dropping. What’s more comforting than a nice warm soup or chili? Gather up WIC-approved beans and other WIC ingredients for this hearty and healthy recipe. It’s the perfect time to cozy up to a bowl of this 3 Bean Chili.

3 BEAN CHILI

1 onion, diced

1 tablespoon of minced garlic

3 celery stalks, diced

1 large carrot, diced

1 bell pepper, diced

1 jalapeno, diced

1 can of diced tomatoes with chilies

1 can of kidney beans, drained

1 can of black beans

2 cans of pinto beans, drained

1 tablespoon of butter or oil

Optional for topping:

Green onions

Cheese and/or sour cream

Turn the slow cooker on high heat. Finely dice about 2 cloves of garlic, 1 onion, 3 celery stalks, 1 large carrot, and 2 jalapenos then add to the slow cooker. Add 1 tablespoon of butter or oil & stir. Drain the liquid out of 1 can of kidney beans and 2 cans of pinto beans, then add to the slow cooker. Then add 1 can of black beans (don’t drain the liquid out of this one).

Stir & cover. Cook for 4 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with shredded cheese & green onion on top, and this pairs great with cornbread too! Enjoy!

Pick up all your WIC-approved beans and other WIC foods in one easy stop at any Grocery Services North store. There are 11 locations in Dallas, Garland, Grand Prairie, Plano, Waco, Tyler and Longview. 

Check out our blog for more recipes using WIC-approved beans and other WIC foods. 

 

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