Ready, Set Grow... with WIC

WIC is a Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.

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

Find out if your family is eligible!

Who Is Eligible?

  • Pregnant women
  • Mothers of babies up to 6 months old
  • Mothers of breastfeeding babies up to 12 months old
  • Infants and children up to their 5th birthday
  • Fathers and caretakers can apply for their children

WIC Provides

Nutrition Advice

  • Learn how to make healthier food choices and become more active
  • Nutritionists help you plan healthy meals
  • Talk with other parents for support

Breastfeeding Support

  • Trained breastfeeding experts
  • Other moms who are trained to give breastfeeding support
  • Breast pumps for moms who need them
  • Special foods for moms who breastfeed
  • Visit:

Nutritious Foods

  • Milk, cheese, yogurt, fresh vegetables and fruits, 100% juice, whole-grain pasta, rice, bread, cereal, formula eggs, baby food and more

Referrals to other services

  • Breastfeeding experts
  • Well baby and child care
  • Medicaid
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Family planning
  • Head Start
  • Domestic violence
  • Stop smoking
  • Vaccinations
  • Prenatal care
  • Substance abuse
  • Cancer prevention

To Qualify for WIC You Must:

  • Live in New York State
  • Meet rules on income limits or get benefits from Medicaid, SNAP or TANF
  • Have a dietary need

Working Families Qualify

You Can Receive WIC Even If:

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

WIC and Children

  • WIC food packages are designed to promote healthy weights
  • Studies show that children who are in WIC do better in school
  • Mothers who are in WIC are more likely to have babies with a healthy birthweight

Find a WIC Clinic Near You

For information on other programs:

  • 1-800-342-3009 for
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
    • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
  • 518-486-1086 for
    • School Food Service Program
  • 518-473-8781 for
    • Summer Food Service Program
  • 1-800-548-6479 for
    • National Hunger Hotline
    • food

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