The primary mission of the Texas & Cameron County Public Health WIC Program is to give our most vulnerable children the best possible start by providing optimal nutrition during the critical stages of fetal and early childhood development. To this end, we are committed to serving as many eligible women, infants, and children as we possibly can with the funds provided. Pregnant women who eat nutritious foods and receive prenatal care are more likely to deliver full-term, healthy babies. Breastfed infants and children who eat appropriate nutritious foods build a foundation for lifelong health and increased intellectual potential.
The combination of WIC nutrition education, healthy foods, and access to medical and social programs promotes a better quality of life for Texas children today, and supports their growth and development into fully functioning human beings with a choice and a future.
The purpose of Breastfeeding (BF) Education in the WIC Program is to encourage WIC participants to breastfeed their infants and to establish breastfeeding as the natural and optimum way to feed infants. The WIC staff and the clinic environment will promote and support breastfeeding by:
To view a list that has been developed locally to assist participants with a roster of qualified individuals that are able to answer their breastfeeding questions, please click here.
In order to be eligible for WIC benefits, you must meet the following requirements:
The following are the steps to becoming a WIC client.
If not on Medicaid, TANF, SNAP bring one of these items for each person in your household who has income:
Each woman, infant, and child who wants WIC Benefits must come to the appointment.
We will check your family’s health and income every year. This is called getting re-certified. By getting re-certified every year, you can receive WIC benefits until your child is 5. We will schedule your visits every 3 months so we can reload your WIC card with more food benefits.
If your Texas WIC card is lost or stolen call and report it to 1-800-942-3678 so WIC can cancel your card and protect your benefits. It can take up to 6 business days for the WIC clinic to get you a new card.
Yes, you will need to bring your Texas WIC card to each WIC appointment so our staff can reload your family’s information and food benefits on the card. Your Texas WIC card also serves as a form of identification for the WIC Program.
WIC provides nutrition education in the form of one-on-one counseling, group discussion classes, self-paced paper & pencil classes, and online classes. A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist is also available for those seeking more specialized counseling due to a medical condition or healthcare provider concern/recommendation.
WIC also provides Breastfeeding Support through Breastfeeding Peer Counselors that are conveniently located in nearly all WIC clinic sites as well as referrals to an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for those individuals that need more specific counseling on breastfeeding. WIC also provides referrals to other programs including but not limited to: Clinical Services (Family Planning, Immunizations, Maternal & Health Services), Environmental Health (General Sanitation, Animal Control), and Indigent Health Care.
For questions on services and/or eligibility, contact WIC at:
1-888-WIC-HUGS // 1-888-942-4847
WIC Nondiscrimination Statement:
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to: USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington D.C. 20250-9410; or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD).
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
You may also call our toll-free number for assistance: 1 (800) 942-3678