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
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.