You may be eligible to receive FREE nutritious food and services through the WIC Program.
What is the WIC Program?
WIC is the popular name for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). We are a local New York State administrator for the WIC Program. With WIC, eligible women, infants, and children can receive monthly supplemental food, nutrition education, and referrals to health care and other services.
The WIC Program is an income-based supplemental food program for pregnant, breastfeeding, or postpartum women and caregivers (mothers, fathers, foster parents, or legal guardians) of infants and children under five years of age. Eligible participants must meet WIC income guidelines and be certified by WIC staff to be at nutritional risk. Program participants are reevaluated every 6 months to see if they still qualify.
The maximum income to qualify for WIC is higher than food stamps, Medicaid, or public assistance. Persons who are not eligible for these programs may still qualify for WIC. WIC benefits are not considered income for any reason. They do not affect Food Stamp allowance, Medicaid benefits, or legal residence or citizenship applications.
Services the WIC Program provides
The WIC Program is a valuable resource for pregnant women and young families, offering:
How does the WIC Program work?
Eligible parents/legal guardians receive an eWIC Card to purchase WIC acceptable foods (see below) at WIC-approved stores in their neighborhoods. Up to 3 months of WIC food benefits can be placed on an eWIC card, but each monthly allotment must be used within a specified time. WIC food benefits are calculated by WIC Program staff depending on family size, resources, and other factors.
In addition to WIC-approved stores, WIC benefits are also accepted at local farmer’s markets. Your WIC Program representative will provide vouchers that can be used from June 1 to Sept 30 of each year at any farmer’s market within New York State.
Types of food WIC covers
For Infants (less than one year)
- formulas, including prescription formulas for infants with special medical needs
- iron-fortified baby cereals (four months of age and older)
- infant food, vegetables, and fruits (six months of age and older)
Foods for Women and Children
- milk – low fat (1%), non-fat (skim), soy milk for children greater than 2 years
- milk – whole (children 12-24 months)
- iron-fortified cereals
- whole wheat or brown rice
- dry beans or peanut butter
- juices high in Vitamin C
There is a wide variety of nutritious foods, brand-name items, and even holiday foods that are covered under the WIC Program. In addition to food lists on the WIC2GO app, the New York State’s WIC Food Guide provides a complete listing of qualified food items. An easy to carry, printable, and up-to-date WIC Acceptable Foods List is found on New York State’s Department of Health website.
WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counseling
The WIC Program offers breastfeeding support, encouragement, and skills to make breastfeeding a success. New moms can reach out to a specially-trained Breastfeeding Peer Counselor in person, by text, or over the phone to get the information, resources, and support they need.
WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors:
In-Person Counseling: Mothers can drop in at WIC Program Offices at Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center and Greenburgh Health Center locations during business hours to speak to Breastfeeding Support Counselors.
Counseling by Phone or Text: WIC mothers can also reach out to their Counselor during business hours with a phone number provided to them.
Eligibility requirements for WIC
To be eligible for WIC, applicants must meet certain residency and income requirements. Applicants must also show a nutritional need. You can receive WIC regardless of your immigration status.
Have questions about the WIC Program?
For the Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center WIC Program, please contact (914) 530-3655. The Greenburgh WIC Program can be reached at (914) 686-7639. WIC staff can also be reached by email at email@example.com.
WIC Program is funded by:
WIC is an equal opportunity program.