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 assessment 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 pregnancy outcomes, underweight status, or iron-deficiency anemia, and (2) diet-based risks such as improper eating habits that can lead to an unhealthy nutritional 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.
Please call the Amarillo WIC Nutrition Program at 806-371-1119 to make an appointment and learn more about how to become a WIC client. Click below for links about what to bring to your appointment and the WIC income guidelines.
|What to Bring to Your WIC Appointment in English and Spanish|
|Income Guidelines for WIC