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Women Infant Children (WIC) Program

Address: 510 E Lee
Brownwood, Texas 76801
Phone: 325-646-1514
Hours: Monday - Thursday 7:30-12:00pm and 1:00-6:30pm
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What is WIC

The purpose of WIC is give children the best possible start by providing optimal nutrition during the critical stages of development. To fulfill this purpose, the Texas WIC program provides nutrition education, nutritious foods, referrals to health and human services, and breastfeeding support. Food benefits are issued for each client. Both fathers and mothers can receive and spend the benefits of their children. WIC services are provided free of charge.

Health Benefits of WIC

Studies show that WIC plays an important role in improving birth outcomes and containing health-care costs. WIC has a positive impact on children's diets. WIC improves infant-feeding practices by actively promoting breastfeeding as the best method of feeding infants. WIC clients have improved rates of childhood immunizations and regular source of health care. Specifically WIC works to:

  • Improve infant-feeding practices
  • Reduce premature births
  • Reduce fetal death rate
  • Reduce low birthweight
  • Reduce long-term medical expenses
  • Improve dietary intake
  • Improve cognitive development

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
  • Father of children under the age 5 are encouraged to enroll their children

Income Eligibility - Households with incomes up to 185% of the federal poverty level.

Number of Household Members Gross Monthly Household Income Gross Yearly Household Income
1 $0 up to $1,670 $0 up to $20,036
2 $0 up to $2,247 $0 up to $26,955
3 $0 up to $2,823 $0 up to $33,874
4 $0 up to $3,400 $0 up to $40,793
5 $0 up to $3,976 $0 up to $47,712
6 $0 up to $4,553 $0 up to $54,631
*One pregnant women counts as two household members
For more than 6 household members, please call the WIC Clinic at
(325) 646-1514 for more information.

Nutritional Risk - WIC Clients receive an initial health and diet screening at the clinic to determine nutritional risk.

Texas Residency - WIC Clients must be residents of Texas, however U.S. citizenship is not a requirement for eligibility.

For additional information, you can download and print Texas WIC Reference Guide or visit TexasWic.org for more information.

What to Bring to Your WIC Appointment

To schedule an appointment please call (325) 646-1514. Each person applying for WIC must come to the clinic for their appointment. Please bring an extra diaper for infants and toddlers because they need to be weighed in a clean, dry diaper.

  • Identification - If you are already in WIC, please bring your WIC ID or WIC Lone Star card. If you are not already on WIC, please bring an ID for yourself and for each person applying for WIC.
  • Proof of Where You Live - Documentation with your name, street address, city, state, and zip code are needed. WIC cannot accept P.O. boxes as proof of residence.
  • Proof of Income for Everyone in the Household - Please complete a WIC Income Questionanaire or at the clinic, so that you will know what to bring for proof of income.
  • Immunization records for infants and children, if available.
  • Social Security numbers for everyone in the household, if available.

In addition, you may download and print a form, available here, listing all of the accepted documents for your WIC application.

Texas WIC Shopping Guides

WIC provides benefits each month which are taken to grocery stores and used to buy nutritious foods.

For additional information about food packages and shopping guides, please visit TexasWic.Org, or call (325) 646-1514 to setup an appointment.

WIC Classes for Clients

Clients receive individual nutrition counseling and nutrition classes, some of which are taught by a licensed registered dietician. Some of the topics clients can learn about include:

  • Eating healthfully during pregnancy for mom and baby
  • Infant and child nutrition - healthy foods for happy children, picky eaters, watching your child's weight
  • How to get the most out of their food dollars
  • Valuable parenting skills
  • Stages of child development
  • The importance of childhood immunizations
  • Tips for pregnant teens
  • Common infant problems, such as colic, constipation, and crying
  • Cooking demonstrations are provided through the Obesity Prevention grant

Clients are also encouraged to take advantage of the many online WIC courses located at TexasWic.org.

Breastfeeding Support and Education

WIC clients receive prenatal breastfeeding education classes and postpartum breastfeeding support. Some WIC clients may be eligible for a breast pump. Fathers can also learn their role in supporting breastfeeding.

WIC Referrals

WIC refers clients to a variety of health and social services agencies and programs. Some of these programs include Medicaid, Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Family planning, Early Childhood Intervention (ECI), and child care. For a full list of referral services, WIC clients are encouraged to setup an appointment by calling (325) 646-1514.

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