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WIC program informs community on eligibilty requiments

WIC Program Director Lupita Fuentes would like to inform the community especially expecting mothers on who is eligible for WIC services.

Who is eligible and who can apply? “Pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding a baby under 1 year of age, women who have a baby in the past six months, parents, step-parents, guardians, and foster parents of infants and children under the age of 5 can also apply.” states Fuentes.”If you have a job or if you have to private health insurance, you can still apply for WIC. You do not have to be married to apply for WIC.” states Fuentes

Fuentes states that all WIC services are free to those who are eligible.

“There are certain eligibility requirements including meeting 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.”

Fuentes added that all WIC clients receive an initial health and diet screening at a WIC clinic to determine nutritional risk using two determining categories for nutritional risks which are (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 then be counseled at WIC about these risks and the outcome influenced by nutrition education and nutritious foods by WIC.”

WIC clients usually receive services in the county where they live. U.S. Citizenship is not a requirement for eligibility.

The community WIC Services offices are located at 1175 Eidson Road
(830) 752-3000 and at the Eagle Pass Veterans Blvd WIC Clinic behind United Medical Centers (830) 773-5358

For more information including hours of operation, you’re asked to call the WIC offices.

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