Women, Infants & Children

WIC is a health and nutrition program for pregnant, post-partum and breastfeeding women, infants and children

up to the age of five. WIC provides vouchers for healthy foods such as milk, cheese, eggs, juice, cereal, whole
grain breads, rice, fruits and vegetables. Infants receive a variety of baby foods. WIC provides quality nutrition
counseling from Nutritionists and Certified Lactation Counselors.

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.

WIC's mission is to partner with you and your family providing:

  • Breastfeeding support and peer counselors
  • Nutrition education focused on your needs
  • Healthy lifestyle promotion and support
  • Convenient hours, locations and services
  • Referrals to other health and social services
  • Individualized food packages

Need more information about WIC? Contact us at wic@wmyhealth.org

Need help with breastfeeding? Call the 24 hour breastfeeding hotline at 518-221-7183
or visit www.breastfeedingpartners.org.

 


 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do I qualify for WIC?

 

You can receive WIC benefits if you meet all three of these requirements:

 

1. You must be
- A pregnant woman of any age;
- An infant or child up to five years of age;
- A mother of a baby that is up to six months of age; OR
- A breastfeeding mother of a baby that is up to 12 months of age.

2. You must be a resident of New York State, but you do not need to be a U.S. citizen.

3. You must meet the income eligibility guidelines OR be receiving benefits from Food
Stamps, Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

To see if you qualify, take this WIC Prescreening tool.

 

What do I bring to my WIC appointment?

 

You need to bring certain items to your appointment to prove you are eligible.
List of things to bring to your appointment

 

In addition, the WIC staff will assess your height, weight and iron count to determine
your nutirional needs.

 

Are there other forms that will need to be completed before I quality for WIC?

 

As part of your appointment, WIC has to gathers some information about your health.
If you have been to the doctor recently, it is helpful if you bring some of your health
information with you.

 

Also, if you or your child has any special dietary needs, your doctor will need to complete
a special form called the medical documentation form.

Medical documentation form to be completed by your health care provider

Instructions for Medical documentation form

What foods can I buy with my WIC Checks?

Downloadable WIC food card


This card lists the foods and brands that you are allowed to purchase with your WIC food
checks. It also lists those items you are NOT allowed to purchase with your WIC food checks.

Use WIC Checks only at authorized WIC Stores in New York State. Look for the“We Accept
WIC Checks” sign in the window.

Separate your WIC foods from your other groceries at the register, and sort these foods by
check. Be sure tell the cashier you are making a WIC purchase and show your WIC ID card.

The total cost of your WIC purchases must not go over the “Not to Exceed” amount on the
check. Do not pay the difference in price or reduce the amount of food purchased. You may
purchase less expensive brands or use coupons. If the total cost of your WIC purchase is less
than the “Not to Exceed” amount, you cannot get change. Sign the check only after the exact
amount of the purchase is written in the “Pay Exactly” box. Please note: you may not exchange
WIC foods for non-WIC foods, cash, or credit.

How do I use my WIC checks?

Treat WIC Checks like cash – they cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. Be sure to use Your
WIC checks only within the “Not Good Before” and “Not Good After”dates.

Purchase only WIC approved foods as listed on the WIC Acceptable Foods Card,and only the
types and amounts of food listed on the check and purchase all of the WIC foods that are
listed on each check. Not all checks for that month have to be used at once.

Where can I use my WIC checks?

WIC checks can be used at stores authorized to accept WIC checks. Most stores will have
this displayed.

Still have questions?

Contact us at wic@wmyhealth.org

Other Helpful Forms & Information

Tips on cashing Farmers Market Checks June 1st through November 15th
• Proxy Form for having someone else pick up WIC checks:
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Helpful nutrition information

Who do I contact if I suspect someone of WIC Fraud?

If you suspect that someone may be committing WIC fraud or abuse, please contact the
fraud hotline at 877-282-6657 or Debra Hathaway at 518-402-7101. To send you complaint
in writing, please mail to WIC Fraud, BSI, PO Box 2061, Albany, NY 12220-0061