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Nutrition Services Department of State Health Services Effective April 15, 2011

Policy No. CS:12.0

WIC Policy and Procedures Manual 1

Texas WIC Income Guidelines

Purpose

To provide a uniform statewide level of income eligibility for participants in the WIC Program.

 

Authority

7 CFR Part 246.7; 25 TAC §31.22; 42 USC 1786

 

Policy

The Texas WIC Program shall use the income guidelines updated annually in the Federal Register by the United States Department of Agriculture under authority of 42 USC 1786.

 

Procedures

  • To participate in WIC, an applicant’s/participant’s gross income shall not exceed 185% of the federal income guidelines as updated annually, unless the applicant/participant is found to be adjunctively income eligible for WIC.
  • Local agencies shall implement the annual guidelines upon notification from the state agency.

 


 

WIC Eligibility

 

Who is eligible and who can apply?

  • Pregnant women
  • Women who are breastfeeding a baby under 1 year of age
  • Women who have had a baby in the past six months
  • Parents, step-parents, guardians, and foster parents of infants and children under the age of 5 can apply for their children
  • If you have a job or if you have private health insurance, you can still apply for WIC. You do not have to be married to apply for WIC.

For more eligibility requirements, see below.

What about fathers?

Fathers of children under the age of 5 are encouraged to enroll their children in the WIC program. Just like any other parent or guardian, fathers can bring their children to appointments, attend nutrition classes, and receive and redeem benefits for their children. Active participation by fathers is a great help in keeping WIC children healthy.

 

Are services free?

Yes! All WIC services are free to those who are eligible.

Who provides the services?

  • The Department of State Health Services runs the Texas WIC program and provides funds to agencies across the state who run local WIC offices. All kinds of agencies offer WIC services such as local health departments, county and city agencies, migrant health centers, community action agencies, and hospitals.
  • Many local offices are open in the evenings and on Saturdays so that clients do not have to miss work.
  • There are over 300 full-time, permanent WIC offices and more than 200 other part-time satellite sites, so finding a WIC clinic close to you shouldn’t be a problem.

 

 

  Duval County WIC Office

(361) 279-8396 or (361) 279-8397

Office hours:

  Monday, Wednesday & Friday

between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

 

 


Eligibility Requirements

  • Meet the income guidelines. Households with incomes at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty income level are eligible. WIC determines income based on gross income. WIC counts all of the members of a household, related or unrelated. WIC counts an unborn baby as a household member.
  • Be at nutritional risk. WIC clients receive an initial health and diet screening at a WIC clinic to determine nutritional risk. WIC uses two main categories of nutritional risk: (1) medically-based risks such as a history of poor pregnancy outcome, underweight status, or iron-deficiency anemia, and (2) diet-based risks such as poor eating habits that can lead to poor nutritional and health status. Clients will be counseled at WIC about these risks and the outcome influenced by nutrition education and nutritious foods provided by WIC.
  • Live in Texas. WIC clients usually receive services in the county where they live. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement for eligibility.
  • Clients must apply in personexcept in certain limited cases.

How to Become a WIC Client:

  • Are you a pregnant woman, breastfeeding a baby less than one year of age, a postpartum woman (one who had a baby within the last six months), or have an infant or a child who is less than 5 years old? If yes, call the WIC clinic in Duval County (361) 279-8396 or (361) 279-8397, Office open Monday, Wednesday or Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • Call or go by the clinic to make an appointment for a pregnant woman, breastfeeding woman, postpartum woman, infant, or child less than 5 years of age.
  • At the time of your appointment, bring documentation of your household’s source of income or wages. This applies to all members of the household. Some examples of documentation include a paycheck stub, a current tax return, a letter from an employer, a Social Security check, a child-support check, or self-employed accounting records. Applicants and certain family members who receive Medicaid, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, or Food Stamps automatically meet income eligibility by bringing acceptable proof of their participation in one of these programs—they do not have to bring other income documents.
  • At the time of your appointment, bring documentation of where you live with your current physical address, such as a utility or credit-card bill, rent receipt, or business letter.
  • At the time of your appointment, bring one document of identification for each person applying for WIC benefits and the adult responsible for the benefits. Examples of acceptable identification documents are a birth certificate, a driver’s license, an immunization card, an employee or school identification card with picture, a Social Security card, or hospital records.
  • During the appointment the applicant will undergo a simple health screen including height and weight measurement, a finger stick to screen for low iron, a medical and health history and a diet recall and history to determine nutritional risk.
  • At the end of his or her appointment, an applicant will receive counseling and referral to appropriate health and human services, if applicable. WIC Program eligibility will also be determined. Food benefits will be provided to those eligible.
  • If you have any questions about the above information, lack some item above, or have a special situation, call or go by the clinic before your appointment so the staff may assist you with your situation. Not bringing in all the documentation at the time of your appointment may delay eligibility determination and benefits. A complete screen must be done before eligibility can be determined.

What does WIC provide and who receives the benefits?

 

WIC provides nutrition education, nutritious foods, referrals to health and human services, breastfeeding support, and immunizations (at some clinics). Food benefits are issued for each client. Both fathers and mothers can receive and spend the benefits for their children.