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Women, Infants & Children

Women, Infants & Children (WIC) is a supplemental nutrition program, which helps support families when they need it most.

 

Who Should Apply

 

  • Residents of New York State
  • Pregnant women
  • Mothers who breastfeed (until the child reaches age one)
  • Mothers not breastfeeding (up to six months after birth of a child)
  • Infants from birth until one year old
  • Children one to five years of age

 

How to Qualify

When you visit our office for your appointment, please bring your child or children along, as well as the following documents:

  • Acceptable proof of identity (photo ID);
  • Proof of address (rent receipt, utility bill, etc.);
  • Proof of income (Last 4 pay stubs, W2 tax statements, proof of disability income, child support statements and/or a letter of support);
  • Unemployment benefit letter/pay stubs;
  • Birth certificate and immunization records (necessary for each child);
  • Proof of pregnancy; and
  • Completed WIC medical referral form.

 

Benefits for WIC Participants

 

Supplemental Foods

Depending on the category, participants receive vouchers to take to the local stores to redeem for specific foods.

 

The WIC food package may contain milk, cheese, eggs, juices rich in vitamin C, tofu, whole grain cereals, whole wheat bread, whole wheat tortillas, brown rice, canned fish, fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, dried beans or canned beans. Infants may receive iron fortified formula, baby food jars of fruits, vegetables, meat, and infant cereal depending on breastfeeding status.

 

Nutrition Education
Participants are offered at least two nutrition education sessions during each certification period. All pre-natal and breastfeeding mothers receive breastfeeding education and support. We offer a breast feeding program and have a breastfeeding coordinator and peer counselor available on staff to assist patients.

 

Referrals to Other Services
WIC staff is knowledgeable of other services offered in the community. An overall assessment of an applicant’s needs is conducted and appropriate referrals to health and human service programs are made.

 

Period of Time for WIC Benefits

 

Different categories of participants are certified for different periods of time. At the end of a certification period, the individual must repeat the entire eligibility determination process in order to continue receiving benefits.

 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

 
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at

(800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

 

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
For other complaints contact:

(1) mail: WIC Program Director
NYSDOH, Riverview Center
Room 650, 150 Broadway, Albany, NY 12204; or

(2) phone: The Growing up Healthy Hotline at 1-800-522-5006; or

(3) email: NYSWIC@HEALTH.NY.GOV