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Where is WIC accepted?

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The checks, vouchers or electronic benefit cards that Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, issues are accepted at about 47,000 retailers and state agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana, American Samoa and a number of Indian tribal organizations, as of November 2013. Some states distribute the food through special warehouses or deliver the food directly to qualifying program participants.

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Other outlets that participate in the WIC Supplemental Nutrition Program are schools, hospitals, community centers, migrant health centers, county health departments, public housing facilities and mobile clinics. Because the program is intended to supplement diets that lack nutritional food, the type of food that can be purchased with WIC benefits are limited. It includes milk, eggs, cheese, fruit and vegetable juices, canned fish, canned and dried peas and beans, baby foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole-wheat bread, and iron-fortified cereal for children and adults. Priority recipients of WIC benefits include pregnant and breastfeeding mothers with medical or dietary problems, infants and children with medical or dietary problems, and other people who lack access to sufficient nutrition, such as migrants or the homeless.

To receive WIC benefits, participants must be residents of the state where they apply. They must also have incomes below the maximum determined by the state agency handling the WIC benefit program. Applicants already receiving Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, SNAP benefits or other state aid automatically qualify for the WIC program.

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    Does Texas offer any online WIC classes?

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    Online WIC, or Women, Infants and Children, classes can be taken at the TexasWIC page of the Texas Department of State Health Service website. Users are required to log in using their email address to view the available classes. They can then select a class of their choice and follow the instructions to obtain a certificate.

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    How do you apply for WIC?

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    To apply for the Women, Infants and Children Program, contact your state Department of Health, and get an appointment at your local agency. Go to the appointment with the children you want certified. Provide proof of income, address and identity at the agency. Then, have the necessary medical examinations.

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    Is WIC affected by a government shutdown?

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    The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, is affected by government shutdowns because the program stops receiving its federal funding and has to eliminate its employees, not accept new WIC candidates and not issue any new waivers until the government is reinstated. This means that when a government shutdown is present, WIC can only honor the vouchers that have already been handed out because its reserves are in danger of running out.

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    Can you take a Texas WIC class online?

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    The Texas Department of State Health Services offers online classes for Women, Infants, and Children program participants at TexasWIC.org. Class subjects include breastfeeding, healthy eating during pregnancy, nursing tips and food preparation.

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