If you are new or interested in joining Texas WIC, you are likely getting familiar with the Texas WIC food list. There are more WIC foods approved now than ever before.
The WIC program offers free nutritional assistance for mothers to help them raise healthy children until they turn 5 years old. The program offers nutritional support, free classes, breastfeeding support, and free monthly food packages for expecting mothers and their children while they are on the program.
Those Texas WIC free food packages are tailored to the mother’s and children’s nutritional needs as they advance through the program, depending on the child’s age. The food packages may include everything from tuna, milk, and cereal, fruits and vegetables for an expecting mother to the formula for babies and whole wheat pasta, bread, peanut butter, beans, and more for older children.
Texas WIC Food List
Each month you will get more familiar with the Texas WIC food list as you get your WIC groceries. You can also learn more about the food list and packages at TexasWIC.org.
The WIC food list is broken into the following categories: Pregnant women, moms and fully breastfeeding babies, moms and partially breastfeeding babies, moms and formula feeding babies, children 1 to 2 years and children 2 to 5 years.
WIC client’s monthly food package benefits, all the foods from their WIC food list, are loaded onto a WIC EBT card for the client to redeem when shopping for their WIC groceries.
Grocery stores like Grocery Services North – which has locations in Dallas, Waco, Tyler, and Longview – help mothers easily shop for WIC groceries. Grocery Services North is a primarily WIC grocery store chain that specializes in serving WIC clients. At the store, customers can see the benefits on their WIC EBT card before they shop. Because everything in the store is WIC approved clients don’t have to worry about finding all the correct WIC foods from their list. Bilingual clerks help customers shop for their WIC foods from their list. The WIC clerks are familiar with the WIC program and make WIC shopping easier.
If you are expecting a baby in 2022, Texas WIC can help you get off to a healthy start.
The program is open to eligible expecting mothers and mothers with children up to age five. To qualify, Texas residents must meet certain income requirements. (Learn more about the requirements below.)
Texas WIC benefits are offered to qualifying expectant mothers in order to help them get proper nutrition and education while they are pregnant.
Pregnant mothers can even get a free food package to help ensure they are getting healthy foods. Expecting mothers can access their FREE benefits with a Texas WIC ebt card, which allows clients to pay for their FREE monthly WIC food benefits such as eggs, cereal, fruits and vegetables and more!
The WIC program also provides important pregnancy education, including FREE online classes that help mothers to be on everything from how to plan for a healthy pregnancy and how to eat healthy while pregnant. Their education guidance also helps mothers know what to expect during pregnancy.
The program continues to help once the baby arrives by providing breastfeeding support and access to healthy nutrition for mothers and their babies.
Mothers can access all their WIC benefits in an easy, hassle-free shopping experience at any Grocery Services North store. There are 11 locations in Dallas, Waco, Tyler, and Longview. All the groceries in the Primarily WIC store are WIC approved, and our bilingual clerks help make WIC shopping super easy. Find a location online at GroceryServicesNorth.com/locations.
Are you Eligible for Texas WIC? Find Out If Texas WIC Can Help
To qualify for Texas WIC is open to Texas residents that are:
- Pregnant women
- Breastfeeding women
- Families with children younger than 5 years old
Texas residents must also meet income requirements to join Texas WIC.
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.”
WIC has provided these Gross Yearly Income guidelines from its website and was updated as of 7/19/22:
|Number of Household Members*||Gross Yearly Household Income**|
|1||$0 up to $25,142|
|2||$0 up to $33,874|
|3||$0 up to $42,606|
|4||$0 up to $51,338|
|5||$0 up to $60,070|
|6||$0 up to $68,802|
*A pregnant woman’s household is increased by the number of infants she is expecting. For more than 6 household members, or if you have any income questions, call 1-800-942-3678. This information is provided by Texas WIC, and is subject to change. Last updated 7/19/2022.
**Income can also be determined on a weekly or biweekly basis. For more information, call 1-800-942-3678. This information is provided by Texas WIC, and is subject to change. Last updated 7/19/2022.
Apply for Texas WIC online at TexasWIC.org/apply
Pregnancy, WIC Go Hand and Hand
Are you pregnant, and need a helping hand with your baby? Mothers can get nutrition help for free from Texas WIC program.
It’s a great resource for qualifying expecting moms and moms of children up to age 5. The program provides nutrition education and free monthly food packages for expecting mothers.
So what’s included in the WIC package? WIC provides pregnant mothers with access to healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dairy products, and protein. They also offer nutrition education to help you make healthy choices for yourself and your baby.
Once your baby arrives, they also provide breastfeeding support, nutrition counseling, and even free formula for your baby. The good news is you can apply for the FREE nutrition assistance before your baby arrives.
EXPECTING MOTHERS CAN APPLY FOR NUTRITION HELP FROM TEXAS WIC
If you would like to apply to the program, visit TexasWIC.org/apply to find out if you qualify.
EASY WIC SHOPPING DURING PREGNANCY AND BEYOND
Let Grocery Services North show you how easy WIC grocery shopping can be. The primarily WIC grocery store chain helps WIC clients get all their WIC groceries in one easy, hassle-free stop. Locations in Dallas, Waco, Tyler, and Longview are located near WIC clinics for convenient access. Find a location at groceryservicesnorth.com
Folic Acid & Pregnancy
Vitamin C helps fight colds. Calcium builds strong healthy bones. Folic acid can help prevent birth defects in babies. If you are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, it’s important to get enough folic acid.
Women who have never been pregnant may not be aware of the importance of folic acid during pregnancy. It’s not a nutrient most of us talk about – unless you are considering becoming pregnant.
Folate is a type of Vitamin B found in the body that is important to the process of making new cells and to the creation of the neural tube that forms a baby’s brain and spinal cord. These developments happen during the first month of pregnancy, which is why mothers need to have enough folate before they become pregnant.
Without enough folate a baby is at risk of being born with severe birth defects such as spina bifida.
If a woman can become pregnant, it is recommended she take 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid (the man-made version of folate) daily to help prevent birth defects, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
Women can get the recommended amount by taking a vitamin with folic acid and/or eating foods high in folate.
WIC FOODS & FOLIC ACID
The Texas WIC program, an educational and nutritional resource for expecting mothers, outlines that folate (the natural form of folic acid) can be found naturally in foods such as:
- Lima beans, dried beans, and peas
- Spinach and turnip greens
- Oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit
- Nuts and sunflower seeds
Some rice, pasta, bread, and breakfast cereals are also enriched with folic acid.
Getting enough folic acid is just one way a woman can help ensure she has a healthy pregnancy. Visit a Texas WIC clinic near you to see if you are eligible for the free program aimed at helping Texas mothers ensure they have a healthy pregnancy. You can find a clinic by visiting our location page. Shop Grocery Services North for healthy fruits and vegetables.
Prepare For Baby While Pregnant
Are you pregnant?
All of a sudden you have an undeniable urge to clean out your closets and make homemade decorations for your new baby’s room. Trust us – it’s normal. Nesting is nature’s way of telling us it’s almost time to take care of your little one. Nesting can actually occur at any moment in pregnancy, and while the sudden burst of energy to organize and clean everything may seem out of character, go ahead and embrace it. Just don’t overdo it! Here are 5 fun and safe ways to nest while you get ready for your baby:
ORGANIZE YOUR PANTRY
This is an activity that will actually help you once the baby arrives. Once your pantry is organized you will quickly be able to find what you need. Toss out expired foods and canned goods. Make sure opened containers are sealed with clips. Arrange like items together (cereal, canned goods, spices, oils and staples like flour). If you want to really go overboard, head on over to your local dollar store for cute storage containers and labels to help you organize. This is a good time to organize ingredients to help make life easier once your baby arrives.
MAKE FREEZER MEALS
Finding time to cook will be hard once the baby arrives. Take any leftover veggies you didn’t eat this week, cook them up and store them in your freezer. This will save you lots of time when you need a quick meal on little sleep. Most fruits, vegetables and beans freeze well. Go ahead and research a few recipes for healthy freezer meals to get you started. Texas WIC also offers a few health guidelines to keep in mind when searching for recipes.
START A PINTEREST BOARD
After you research those recipes go ahead and add them to a newly created Pinterest board. You can make a board of all the things that inspire you – activities for you and your baby, recipes, parenting tips and just about anything else that pops in your mind. It’s also a great way to relax!
PACK YOUR HOSPITAL BAG
Every mother has ideas on what to pack for the hospital. Call up a few family and friends to see what they suggest. Plus, it’s a great way to connect to loved ones. You might want to consider comfortable clothes and extra underwear and a nursing bra, a cell phone charger, travel-size toiletries like shampoo, conditioner and toothbrush. Also when you head to the hospital don’t forget your ID and insurance card.
SELF CARE WHILE PREGNANT
Once your baby arrives, you will be short on sleep and time. This is the perfect time to get in some extra relaxation. In fact, go ahead and get in as much time as you can doing all the things you enjoy. You deserve it.
You are Pregnant…now what? Join WIC.
You just got the most exciting news: You are going to be a new mommy! Your mind is already swirling. There is so much to do: announce the big news to friends and family, pick the perfect name, and find the perfect onesie to bring your baby home. Take a deep breath. You have roughly 9 months to get ready. Before you get ahead of yourself, some of the most important items on the ‘To-Do’ list will be how to take care of yourself and the growing baby inside your belly.
Once you become pregnant some of your most routine habits might need to be adjusted to keep you and your baby healthy. Everything from your sleep and exercise habits to your morning cup of coffee should be examined to make sure they are safe during pregnancy. The most important advice for pregnant women is to visit your doctor as soon as you find out you are expecting and attend all scheduled visits up until delivery and immediately afterward. Always remember to talk to your doctor about any questions and concerns.
Expecting Texas mothers can also see if they qualify to become a WIC client. The WIC program is 100% free. It’s aimed to help pregnant and breastfeeding mothers get a healthy start for their infants and children up to age five. WIC recipients can take home free nutritious food such as fresh fruit and vegetables, milk, and even specialty formula to make sure you are getting your baby off to the healthiest start. Texas WIC also offers access to free nutritional classes and visits to WIC-approved clinics. To find a WIC Clinic near you, visit this site. Your team of health professionals will provide individual guidance about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle for you and your baby, but here are some important tips to help get started along your healthy WIC pregnancy journey:
DIET, VITAMINS WHILE EXPECTING
You are now eating for two. That doesn’t mean you eat twice as much as you did before you were pregnant. Discuss with your doctor your target calorie intake. Your daily calorie goal will vary based on your pre-pregnancy weight. There are, however, some guidelines that will apply to most pregnancies. It’s important to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables so your baby has all the right vitamins to grow. Pregnant women should eat a healthy mix of fruits, vegetables, dairy, and lean protein while avoiding calories loaded with extra fat and sugar. It’s important to get nutrients like iron, fiber, and calcium. One of the most important nutrients you consume might be folic acid. Getting enough folic acid – from the start of your pregnancy – has been proven to help prevent birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine. You can get folate from foods such as dark leafy greens like spinach, beans, lentils and whole-grain cereals and breads that are fortified with folic acid. It’s also often found in prenatal vitamins. Pregnant women should NOT consume unpasteurized milk, cheese, or juice. Consuming undercooked meat, eggs or fish is also harmful. Expected mothers should cook lunch meat or hot dogs until it steams before eating. Pregnant women can eat fish low in mercury levels (up to 12 ounces) twice a week. Fish that are safe to eat include shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, and catfish. However, Albacore tuna and tuna steak should be limited to more than 6 ounces per week. Eating fish high in mercury can be harmful to your baby. Women should stop drinking alcoholic beverages and limit caffeine while pregnant. Drinking alcohol can cause premature birth and birth defects. Too much much caffeine can cause low birth weight. Pregnant mothers can replace their caffeine intake with water. Staying hydrated helps you and your baby. Also, don’t forget to take your prenatal vitamins daily. Your doctor can also recommend one that is right for you. Texas WIC can also help you navigate how to eat right if you are pregnant. You can also get your nutritious WIC foods at a Grocery Services North location.
SELF CARE DURING PREGNANCY
Being pregnant can be very stressful. The right self care (a healthy diet, being active, and getting enough rest) are tools you can discuss with your doctor to help make your pregnancy easier. If you exercised regularly before becoming pregnant, discuss any modifications that are needed with your doctor. If exercise wasn’t part of your daily routine, create a plan with your physician. The right amount of exercise might vary throughout your pregnancy, but getting the right mix of activity can help reduce stress and help you sleep better. It can also lower the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes. Consider going for a walk or taking a prenatal yoga class.
TIPS FROM Texas WIC DURING PREGNANCY
- Keep all of your clinic appointments and follow the advice of your doctor.
- Take prenatal vitamins and any medications your doctor gives you.
- Brush and floss your teeth regularly.
- Relax and get help from friends and family.
For more tips and to join WIC during pregnancy, visit a Texas WIC office near you or sign up for a class by visiting Texas WIC’s online classes.
Texas WIC Offers Free Classes Online
As soon as your baby is born you’re expected to know everything about taking care of an infant. You have to learn how to nurse your baby and everything the little one is trying to communicate every time they cry. There’s a lot to learn, but luckily Texas WIC offers a catalog of online classes for mothers. It’s all 100% free of charge.
If you are a Texas WIC client, taking the courses is part of the free program. It’s designed to help pregnant and breastfeeding mothers get a healthy start for their infants and children up to age 5. The program also offers access to its WIC clinics and provides free nutritional WIC-approved food. Some of the classes are live during scheduled dates and times. Other classes are “Click and Learn” presentations. Even if you aren’t part of Texas WIC, you can participate in some of the classes online.
Topics range on everything from “What to Expect Year to Year,” “The Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression” and “Smart Snacks for Children” There are even entertainment programs for kids. A “Live Story with Zobey” teaches kids basic counting skills and how fruits and vegetables grow in a garden. It also encourages trying new foods. The WIC classes are an excellent resource to learn how to be a better parent and how to care for yourself. To find out if you qualify for Texas WIC, apply online or visit a WIC clinic.