WIC is a program for pregnant, breastfeeding, postpartum women, infants and children under the age of 5 years old that provides:
- WIC EBT cards to purchase healthy foods such as milk, yogurt, eggs, whole grains, fruit and vegetables
- Nutrition information
- Breastfeeding support and education
- Linkage to other Whitney Young Health programs and services
- Referrals to other family services
Albany Health Center (920 Lark Drive, Albany):
- Monday: 8:00am – 7:00pm
- Tuesday: 8:00am – 4:30pm
- Wednesday: 8:00am – 4:30pm
- Thursday: 8:00am – 4:30pm
- Friday: 7:30am – 4:00pm
Watervliet Administrative Office (1601 Broadway, Watervliet):
- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Tuesdays of every month: 8:00am - 4:30pm
All WIC appointments are by appointment only. To make an appointment now, call our office at (518) 591-4632.
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How do I get help with breastfeeding?
To get breastfeeding assistance, you can call our 24-hour Breastfeeding Hotline at 518-221-7183, visit www.breastfeedingpartners.org or call the WIC office at 518-465-9387 for a breastfeeding consultation appointment with the Lactation Counselors in office.
Do I qualify for WIC?
You may be eligible for WIC if:
- You are a pregnant, postpartum or nursing, or if you have children under the age of five
- You live in New York State
- You or your children are determined to be at nutritional risk
You must also meet the income eligibility guidelines.
However, you automatically income-qualify for WIC if you currently receive:
- Food Stamps/SNAP benefits
- TANF (temporary assistance)
To see if you qualify, take this WIC Pre-screening Tool.
What do I bring to my WIC appointment?
You need to bring certain items to your WIC appointment to prove you are eligible. Here is a list of things to bring to your WIC appointment.
In addition, the WIC staff will assess your height, weight and iron count to determine your nutritional needs.
Are there other forms that will need to be completed before I quality for WIC?
As part of your appointment, WIC has to gather 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 for WIC Formula and Approved WIC Foods for Infants, Children and Women needs to have the medical documentation attached to it.
What benefits can I get with my WIC EBT card?
Downloadable WIC food card:
This card lists the foods and brands that you are allowed to purchase with your WIC EBT card. It also lists those items you are NOT allowed to purchase with your WIC EBT card.
Use WIC EBT card only at authorized WIC Stores in New York State. Look for the “We Accept WIC EBT Cards” sign in the window. Separate your WIC foods from your other groceries at the register. Be sure to tell the cashier you are making a WIC purchase.
How do I use my WIC EBT card?
You can only purchase WIC-approved foods as listed on the WIC Acceptable Foods Card, and only the types and amounts of food listed on the WIC Shopping List.
Where can I use my WIC EBT card?
WIC EBT card is only authorized for WIC Stores in New York State. The following stores that are authorized to accept WIC EBT card: Walmart, Hannaford, Price Chopper/Market 32, and Shop Rite.
For other grocery stores and bodegas, please look for the “We Accept WIC EBT Cards” sign in the window.
Which local farmers markets accept WIC checks?
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, P.O. Box 2061, Albany, NY 12220-0061.