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New York Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Benefits

Program Description

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program is a special supplemental food program for women, infants, and children up to the age of 5. All applicants must be income eligible and have a medical or nutritional risk. The WIC Program provides nutritious foods along with nutrition education and information on where to apply for free or low-cost health care or other needed services in the community. The WIC program of New York is administered by the New York Department of Health.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of New York; a pregnant, breastfeeding and/or postpartum woman; an infant or child up to 5 years of age; and individually determined by a health professional to be at nutrition risk.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $21,775
2 $29,471
3 $37,167
4 $44,863
5 $52,559
6 $60,255
7 $67,951
8 $75,647
A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), automatically meets the income eligibility requirement.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To apply, set up an appointment at the WIC clinic closest to you:
http://www.health.state.ny.us/prevention/nutrition/wic/local_agencies.htm

Program Contact Information

For more information on NY WIC, please visit the NY WIC website at: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/nutrition/wic/pages/about.htm#whoeligible
To apply for WIC of NY, call the Growing Up Healthy Hotline to locate the WIC local agency nearest to you at: 1-800-522-5006