WIC Office

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.

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, etc.

Mobile Unit

Hidalgo County WIC Program has a whole unit that provides WIC services on a daily basis to different colonias in Hidalgo and Starr Counties. They provide WIC services to residents that may not have access to transportation.

High Risk Counseling

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