WIC Program - Women, Infants, Children
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) offers nutrition education, breastfeeding support, referrals and a variety of nutritious foods to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum women, infants and children up to age five to promote and support good health.
WIC improves the health of pregnant women, new mothers and their infants and children. The foods provided through WIC are a good source of nutrients often missing from the diets of women and young children. WIC participants have longer, healthier pregnancies and fewer premature births.
Find Out More About WIC
Do I qualify for WIC?
To qualify, you must:
- Be a
- A pregnant woman;
- An infant or child up to five years old;
- A mother of a baby up to six months old; OR
- A breastfeeding mother of a baby up to 12 months old.
- Be a resident of New York State, but you do not need to be a U.S. citizen.
- Meet the income eligibility guidelines OR receive benefits from Food Stamps, Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
- Be assessed by a WIC health care professional.
Fill out the WIC Prescreening Tool to find out if you might be eligible for WIC.
How do I apply for WIC?
Visit our How do I apply for WIC? information page to find out:
- How to make an appointment
- What to bring to your appointment
- What to expect at your appointment
- WIC Participant Rights and Responsibilities
WIC's mission is to partner with you and your family, providing:
- Breastfeeding promotion and support
- Healthy lifestyle promotion and support
- Individualized food packages
- Nutrition counseling focused on your needs and concerns
- Convenient hours, locations and services
- Referrals to other health and social services
For more information on WIC:
- The WIC Program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. Visit their WIC website.
- Download the WIC Participant Handbook - currently available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and French.
- Fraud: It's a trap
- Selling or swapping WIC checks or foods is against the law (PDF)
- Together we can stop WIC Program fraud and abuse (PDF)
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
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:
- Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
- Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
For other complaints contact:
- Mail: WIC Program Director
NYSDOH, Riverview Center
Room 650, 150 Broadway, Albany, NY 12204; or
- Phone: The Growing up Healthy Hotline at 1-800-522-5006; or
- Email: NYSWIC@health.ny.gov
Visit the Nutrition main page to find information about other Nutrition Programs