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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Breastfeeding Campaign

New York State WIC: Together Growing Stronger Families

WIC is a supplemental nutrition program that provides food and services free of charge to eligible women, infants and children.

A brochure is available in Portable Document Format (PDF) in several translations:

Who Is Eligible?

  • Any pregnant woman
  • Mothers of babies up to 6 months old
  • Mothers breastfeeding babies up to 12 months old
  • Infants and children up to their 5th birthday

WIC Provides

Nutrition Assessment and Education

  • Learn how to live healthier by eating better and being physically active
  • Nutritionists provide individualized nutrition guidance to meet your goals
  • Support from other parents through group discussions

Breastfeeding counseling and support services

  • Mom to mom breastfeeding support from peer counselors
  • Breastfeeding counseling by a breastfeeding specialist
  • Breast pumps available to moms that need them
  • Special foods for breastfeeding moms for 6 months or longer
  • Breastfeeding information online at breastfeedingpartners.org

Monthly checks for nutritious foods

  • Milk, cheese, cereal, vegetables, fruits, 100% juice, whole grain bread, formula, eggs, baby food and more

Referrals to other services

  • Lactation specialist
  • Well baby and child care
  • Medicaid
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Food Stamps
  • Family planning
  • Head Start
  • Domestic violence services

To qualify for WIC you must:

  • Live in New York State
  • Meet household income guidelines set by the federal government
  • Have a nutritional need

You can receive WIC even if:

  • You are not a legal resident
  • You are not a US citizen
  • You or other household members are working

Information on other programs:

Find a WIC clinic near you www.health.ny.gov/prevention/nutrition/wic/how_to_apply or call the Growing Up Healthy Hotline (800) 522-5006 The Hotline can also provide information on Child Health Plus and Medicaid.

(800) 342-3009

  • SNAP/Food Stamps
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

(800) 865-5542

  • School Meals
  • Summer Food Service Program

(866) 348-6479

  • National Hunger Hotline

For New York City Only

(212) 230-1111

Women's Health Line

3-1-1

Early Intervention Program

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at: program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

New York State Nondiscrimination Statement

Persons who believe they have been discriminated against based on the New York State Human Rights Law should call the Growing Up Healthy Hotline at 1-800-522-5006, or write to the WIC Program Director, NYSDOH, Riverview Center, 6th Floor West, Room 650, 150 Broadway, Albany NY 12204. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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Ver 4/2015