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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 which include nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support, health education, and referrals to help families stay healthy. The food you are allowed to buy is listed on a check or voucher and must be used at stores that accept WIC.

  • You do not need to be a US citizen to receive WIC
  • 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 has the list of food you can purchase using WIC

Am I 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?

WIC also looks at your income to determine if you are eligible. You can use ACCESS NYC to screen and see if you might be eligible.

What will I 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.

I'm ready to apply

To apply for WIC:

  • Find your local WIC agency, or call the Growing Up Healthy Hotline at 800-522-5006 and ask for the location nearest to you.
  • Gather your income, residency, and identity documents to bring with you.
  • Call the WIC agency where you wish to receive services and make an appointment.
  • A short nutrition assessment will be completed at the time of your appointment by a qualified WIC staff member.

The staff will tell you if you need to bring the WIC Medical Referral Form for you and/or your child completed by your health care provider.

How can I 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.

Updated February 21, 2020