The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) offers breastfeeding support, referrals, nutrition education and different nutritious foods to low-income women (pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum), infants and children aged five and under to promote as well as support good health.

WIC aims for health improvement of pregnant women, new mothers and their infants and children. Through WIC, food packages are provided. These foods are a good source of nutrient for the diets of women and young children. Participants are given the chance to have longer, healthier pregnancies and fewer premature or risky births.

Who qualifies for the New York WIC Program?

  • A pregnant woman
  • An infant or child up to five years old;
  • A mother of a baby up to six months old; OR
  • A breastfeeding mother of a baby up to 12 months old.
  • A resident of New York State, but need not to be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must meet the income eligibility guidelines
  • Or receive benefits from Food Stamps, Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
  • Must be assessed by a WIC health care professional.

How do participants apply for WIC?

Visit their How do I apply for WIC? information page which includes:

  • How to make an appointment
  • What to bring to your appointment
  • What to expect at your appointment

WIC’s mission

To partner with participants and their  families, providing:

Breastfeeding promotion and support, Healthy lifestyle promotion and support, Individualized food packages and the like.

For more information on WIC:

  • The WIC Program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. Visit their WIC website.
  • Download the WIC Participant Handbook – currently available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and French.
  • And for WIC New York, visit their website or call (518) 402-7093.