In order to qualify for WIC, the following criteria must be met:
- Be pregnant, 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 for a child who is less than 5 years old.
- 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.
How to become a WIC Client:
- Call the Amarillo WIC Nutrition Program at 806-371-1119 to make an appointment.
- At the time of your appointment, bring documentation of your household’s sources 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 award letter, 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, 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, and a medical and health 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 the Amarillo WIC Nutrition Clinic at 806-371-1119 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 to Bring to Your WIC Appointment (English/Spanish)
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