Matagorda County Hospital District WIC诊所s provide nutrition and breastfeeding services to 婴儿s, 儿童及孕妇, postpartum and breastfeeding women who are at risk for nutrition-related illness. Clinic services provided include:

  • 营养类
  • Classes on how to breastfeed
  • Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program
  • Social services and medical referrals
  • Referral for immunizations
  • Supplemental food packages
  • Individual counseling about nutrition needs and concerns

If you’re new to WIC and would like get started, apply for WIC online 点击这里.

WIC provides nutrition education, 有营养的食物, 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 for their children.

WIC Nutrition Education

Clients receive individual nutrition counseling and nutrition classes. Many clinics offer classes especially for children.Men who have family members participating in the program are welcome to attend nutrition classes.

Some of the topics clients can learn about:

  • Eating healthfully during pregnancy for mom and baby
  • Infant and child nutrition — healthy foods for happy children, 挑食, watching your child’s weight, 还有更多
  • How to get the most out of their food dollars
  • Valuable parenting skills
  • Stages of child development
  • The importance of childhood immunizations
  • 给怀孕少女的建议
  • Common 婴儿 problems, such as colic, constipation, and crying


Clients receive encouragement and instruction in breastfeeding. In many cases, breastfeeding women are provided breast pumps free of charge. WIC helps clients learn why breastfeeding is the best start for their baby, how to breastfeed while still working, Dad’s role in supporting breastfeeding, tips for teens who breastfeed, how to pump and store breast牛奶 and much more.


WIC provides benefits each month that can be used at grocery stores to buy 有营养的食物. WIC foods include iron-fortified 婴儿 formula and 婴儿 cereal, iron-fortified adult cereal, vitamin C–rich fruit and vegetable juice, 牛奶, 鸡蛋, 奶酪, beans and peanut butter. Different food packages are issued to different clients. 例如, mothers who are totally breastfeeding their babies without formula are issued tuna and carrots in addition to other foods.


WIC refers clients to a variety of health and social services agencies and programs. WIC staff can help clients find these services. 一些例子是:

  • 医疗补助计划
  • 食品救济券
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy 家庭 (TANF)
  • 儿童健康保险
  • 计划生育
  • Migrant health services
  • 产前护理
  • Texas 健康 Steps (EPSDT)
  • Medical and dental services
  • Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)
  • 食品分发处
  • 文化服务
  • 银行工作
  • 住房服务
  • 教育类
  • Drug and alcohol abuse programs
  • 照顾孩子
  • Child support enforcement
  • The School Lunch / Breakfast Summer Lunch Program

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 饮食s. WIC improves 婴儿-feeding practices by actively promoting breastfeeding as the best method of feeding 婴儿s. WIC clients have improved rates of childhood immunizations and a regular source of health care.

  • Improved 婴儿-feeding practices
  • Premature births reduced
  • Fetal death rate reduced
  • Low birthweight reduced
  • Long-term medical expenses reduced
  • Improved 饮食ary intake
  • Improved cognitive development
  • 减少早产


Monday, Thursday:  8 am to 6 pm


Wednesday: 9 am to 5 pm

Who is eligible and who can apply?

  • 孕妇
  • Women who are breastfeeding a baby under 1 year of age
  • Women who have had a baby in the past six months
  • 父母, 继父母, 监护人, and foster parents of 婴儿s 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.


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.


  • 是的! All WIC services are free to those who are eligible.

Who provides the services?

  • The Department of State 健康 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, 移徙者保健中心, community action agencies, 和医院.
  • 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.

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.
  • 有营养风险. WIC clients receive an initial health and 饮食 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, 体重不足状态, or iron-deficiency anemia, and (2) 饮食-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 有营养的食物 provided by WIC.
  • 住在德克萨斯州. WIC clients usually receive services in the county where they live. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement for eligibility.
  • Clients must apply in person except 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 产后的女人 (one who had a baby within the last six months), or have an 婴儿 or a child who is less than 5 years old? If yes, call 979-245-9848
  • Call or go by the clinic to make an appointment for a pregnant woman, 母乳喂养的女人, 产后的女人, 婴儿, 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, 当期纳税申报表, a letter from an employer, a Social Security check, 子女抚养费支票, or self-employed accounting records. Applicants and certain family members who receive 医疗补助计划, Temporary Assistance to Needy 家庭, or 食品救济券 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, 租金收据, 或者商业信函.
  • 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, 驾驶执照, 免疫接种卡, an employee or school identification card with picture, 社会保障卡, 或者医院记录.
  • 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 饮食 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, 如果适用的话. WIC Program eligibility will also be determined. Food benefits will be provided to those eligible.
  • If you have any questions about the above information, 缺少上面的一些项目, 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.

If you’re new to WIC and would like get started, apply for WIC online 点击这里.

Other community health programs, such as the Medical Assistance Program, can be found by 点击这里.