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

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.

"Find Out More About WIC" 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
Federal WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines
Effective through June 30, 2013. Gross income before taxes must fall at or below these amounts.
Gross Income
Household Size Annual Monthly Twice-Monthly Bi-Weekly Weekly
1 $20,665 $1,723 $862 $795 $398
2 $27,991 $2,333 $1,167 $1,077 $539
3 $35,317 $2,944 $1,472 $1,359 $680
4 $42,643 $3,554 $1,777 $1,641 $821
5 $49,969 $4,165 $2,083 $1,922 $961
6 $57,295 $4,775 $2,388 $2,204 $1,102
7 $64,621 $5,386 $2,693 $2,486 $1,243
8 $71,947 $5,996 $2,998 $2,768 $1,384
For Each
Member Add:
+$7,326 +$611 +$306 +$282 +$141
Anyone who receives Food Stamps, TANF or Medicaid is income eligible for WIC.

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


Early Intervention Program

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call toll-free at (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired 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

New York State prohibits discrimination based on creed, marital status and sexual orientation.

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 (800) 522-5006, or write to the WIC Program Director, NYSDOH, Riverview Center, 6th Floor West, Room 650, 150 Broadway, Albany NY 12204.

State of New York
Department of Health

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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