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 5 to promote and support good health. WIC is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered in New York by the New York State Department of Health.
Who can apply for WIC?
- 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
To apply for WIC you must:
- Live in New York State
- Meet income guidelines set by the federal government. If you already receive Medicaid, food stamps or Temporary Assistance for Needed Families (TANF), you meet this requirement.
- Have a nutritional need
You can receive WIC benefits even if you are:
- Not a legal U.S resident
- Not a U.S. citizen
- Working or have other household members who are working
What can you get at WIC?
- WIC provides an EBT card (also known as eWIC) to buy healthy foods such as milk, eggs, bread, cereal, juice, peanut butter, beans, rice, infant formula, baby food, and more. In the summer, you also receive additional benefits when using EBT at farmers markets.
- You will get information from a nutritionist to help you and your family eat better and be healthier.
- You will receive support and information about breastfeeding your baby.
- You will get help finding services such as Food Stamps, Medicaid, Immunizations, places to get vaccines for your children, and emergency numbers.
Where can you go to apply for WIC?
Any Institute health center can help you apply for WIC. Find your nearest location and call to speak to a social worker today. Or you can apply in person at any of our WIC offices:
|1818 Madison Avenue (between 118th and 119th Streets), New York, NY 10035
|1701 Lexington Avenue (between E. 106th and E. 107th Streets), New York, NY 10029
You can also call the WIC hotline at 1-800-522-5006.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. (WPM 1040).