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Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) | NYS Department of Health

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WIC provides free healthy food and services to low-income women and children, including nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support, health education, and referrals.

  • NYS WIC participants can buy food using an Electronic Benefits Transfer card called eWIC. It makes food shopping easier for WIC families.
  • You do not need to be a US citizen to receive WIC.
  • The Application requires proof of identity, income, and address.
  • If you already receive SNAP, Medicaid, or TANF benefits, you may be eligible for WIC.
  • Each person applying for WIC must be present at the local agency at the time of certification.
  • The NYS WIC Acceptable Foods Guide lists the food you can buy using WIC. Food must be redeemed at stores that accept WIC.

Who is eligible

You or your child may be eligible if you can answer yes to these questions:

  • Are you:
    • pregnant;
    • a mother of a baby up to six months;
    • a breastfeeding mother of a baby up to 12 months old; OR
    • the parent of a child who is five years old or younger?
  • Do you live in New York State?

Note: Fathers and caregivers can also apply for their children.

What you need to apply

To apply for WIC, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Proof of identity for each person applying.
  • Proof of where you live. Must show your actual street address, not a PO box.
  • Proof of income for each household member who works; documents must be for the last 30 days or proof of your participation in Medicaid, SNAP, or TANF.
  • Immunization records for infants and children.
  • Confirmation of pregnancy.
  • Any WIC Medical forms completed by your health care provider.

How to apply

  • Find your local WIC agency, or call the Growing Up Healthy Hotline at 800-522-5006 and ask for the location nearest to you.
  • Call the WIC agency where you wish to receive services and make an appointment.
  • Refer to this document of records to bring to your appointment
    • The WIC agency will tell you if you need to bring this WIC Medical Referral Form completed by your health care provider.
    • If your child has special dietary needs, your health care provider may provide a completed Medical Documentation Form for you to bring.
  • A qualified WIC staff member will complete a short nutrition assessment during your appointment.

How to get help

  • Visit the WIC website to learn more.
  • Call the Growing Up Healthy Hotline at 800-522-5006 for more information on WIC.
  • Visit a WIC office near you to get help in person.

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Updated January 12, 2021