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
The U.S. Department of Agriculture 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 email@example.com.
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
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 1-800-522-5006, or write to the WIC Program Director, NYSDOH, Riverview Center, 6th Floor West, Room 650, 150 Broadway, Albany NY 12204.
- Visit the Nutrition main page to find information about other Nutrition Programs