WIC

New York State WIC - Together Growing Stronger Families

USDA Nutrition Messages

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has replaced the Food Pyramid with a plate, MyPlate, that shows the types and quantities of food we should be eating to have a healthy diet. In its most simple terms, MyPlate gives the following advice:

Balancing Calories.

  • Enjoy your food, but eat less.
  • Avoid oversized portions.

Foods to Increase

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Make at least half your grains whole grains.
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.

Foods to Reduce

  • Compare sodium on food labels, in foods like soup, bread and frozen meals and choose foods with the lower numbers.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks
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Fruits Grains
Protein Vegetables
Dairy

Breastfeeding Campaign

How do I apply for WIC?

Call your local agency to make an appointment.

Each person applying for WIC benefits must go to the local agency to apply and be present at the time of application.

What to Bring to Your Appointment

  • Proof of identity for each person applying.
  • Proof of where you live. The proof must show your actual street address, not a post office box.
  • Proof of income for each household member who works. Documentation must be for the last 30 days.
  • Proof of your participation in Medicaid, SNAP/Food Stamps or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).
  • Immunization records for children.
  • Confirmation of pregnancy - a statement from your health care provider with your baby's due date.
  • Any WIC Medical forms given to you by your health care provider.

Call your WIC local agency for more information on acceptable forms of proof of identity, residency, and income or about participation in one of the programs listed above.

What to Expect at Your WIC Appointment

View a short video about the WIC program.

You will receive nutrition counseling focused on your needs and concerns.

WIC staff promise to:

  • Listen to your concerns and needs
  • Provide help from experienced staff and peer counselors
  • Share information based on science and experience, without influence from formula or other commercial companies
  • Assist you in making the best decisions for you and your family
  • Respect you and your decisions about feeding your children
  • Help you breastfeed as long as you and your baby want to breastfeed
  • Work with your community and hospital to promote and support breastfeeding and encourage healthy lifestyles

All information shared with WIC staff is confidential. Local agency staff will ask you for:

  • Documents that prove who you are, where you live, participation in assistance programs and the income of each member of your household who works. All documents will be returned.
  • Your race and ethnicity. This information is for record keeping purposes only and does not affect your eligibility.

WIC staff will conduct a short health screening for all family members applying for WIC. This screening includes a finger stick blood test, height and weight, and a discussion of your health and nutrition concerns.

WIC staff will determine which food packages are right for you and your children. If you choose not to breastfeed, your infant will be provided one of the formulas on the New York State WIC Approved Formulas list. You may need to get a WIC Medical Documentation Form completed by your health care provider if you or your children have special nutritional needs.

You will receive:

  • WIC food checks for each household member certified to use like checks at authorized WIC stores.
  • A WIC Acceptable Foods booklet, which lists all the foods and specific package sizes that you can purchase.
  • A WIC ID Card, which lists the names of everyone in the household on WIC.
  • Referrals to appropriate programs and services
  • Breastfeeding support
  • WIC Participant Rights and Responsibilities

You will be able to authorize someone else to bring your children to WIC appointments or pick up your WIC food checks. It is important to choose someone you trust, such as a spouse or partner or grandparent.

Download the WIC Participant Handbook - currently available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and French.