WIC

Special WIC Procedures​


The Hidalgo County WIC Program is still open for business and has modified services to help keep clients and staff safe.  Families may call their local WIC clinics to learn more about how they can receive services.  


Hidalgo County WIC Program 

Hidalgo County WIC Program is a nutrition education program which provides supplemental foods and promotes good health for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and also children up to the age of five. We currently serve over 80,700 clients in the counties of Hidalgo and Starr.

The Services WIC Offers WIC Foods


WIC provides supplemental foods rich in protein, iron, calcium, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. These foods are low in fat, high in fiber, and promote healthy weight. WIC monthly food packages may include:
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • 100% fruit and vegetable juices
  • Milk, cheese, and yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Whole grains like oatmeal, whole wheat tortillas, bread, and pasta
  • Healthy cereals
  • Beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned tuna or salmon
  • Baby formula and baby foods

Nutrition Education

Clients receive individual nutrition counseling and nutrition classes related to each family's interests, needs and concerns.

Breastfeeding Support


Clients receive support and instruction on breastfeeding methods. Breast pumps and breastfeeding incentives are available for mother who meet certain criteria.

* For online support, visit www.breastmilkcounts.com  


Referrals


WIC refers to a variety of health and social services, including:
Medicaid, Food Stamps, Children's Health Insurance (CHIP), Early Childhood Intervention (ECI), TANF, Prenatal Care, medical and dental services, food pantries, drug and alcohol abuse programs, Community Service Agency (CSA), etc.


Mobile Unit

Hidalgo County WIC Program has a whole unit that provides WIC services on a daily basis to different sites within Hidalgo County. They provide WIC services to residents that may not have access to transportation.

High Risk Counseling

High risk counseling is provided by a registered dietitian to participants who have been identified with a high risk condition such as excessive weight gain, low maternal weight gain, and gestational diabetes.