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Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program
The WIC program is a special supplemental food program that provides nutritious foods, milk, juice, formula and other items to low income pregnant or breastfeeding women, infants and children up to age 5. Participants receive vouchers (WIC checks) that are redeemable at participating stores — supermarkets, small groceries, bodegas, pharmacies and at farmer's markets around the state. These vouchers list the specific foods and quantities that can be purchased.

Applicants must be seen by a health professional such as a physician, nurse, or nutritionist who must determine whether the individual is at nutrition risk. In many cases, this is done in the WIC clinic at no cost to the applicant. However, this information can be obtained from another health professional such as the applicant's physician.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Residency: Must be a resident of New York State
  • Categorical:
    • Women - pregnant, postpartum (up to 6 months after birth or end of pregnancy), or breast feeding (up to 12 months after the child's birth)
    • Infant or child under the age of five (must re-certify every 6 months)
  • Nutritional Risk: WIC clinic or health professional such as a physician, nurse, or nutritionist must determine whether the individual is at nutrition risk
    • Medical condition - e.g., anemia, under-weight or history of poor pregnancy outcome
    • Dietary condition - poor nutrition intake
    • Inadequate diet because of migration or homelessness
  • Income: Individuals participating in public programs such as Medicaid, free or reduced school meals, or Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) are eligible, and others can be eligible based on income. See income chart below.
Maximum Gross Income

This chart is only a guide. Individuals should see a WIC enrollment counselor for eligibility screening.
Household Size *  Yearly Income  Monthly Income  Weekly Income 
1 $20,665 $1,723 $398
2 $27,991 $2,333 $539
3 $35,317 $2,944 $680
4 $42,643 $3,554 $821
5 $49,969 $4,165 $961
6 $57,295 $4,775 $1,102
7 $64,621 $5,386 $1,243
8 $71,947 $5,996 $1,384
For each additional person add: $7,326 $611 $141
* Pregnant women count as two individuals.
NOTE: Chart effective July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013; subject to annual income updates.

WIC Benefits
  • Milk
  • Juice
  • Eggs
  • Cereal
  • Infant formula
  • Other healthy foods
  • Nutrition education
  • Referrals to other resources and services.

Where to Enroll in WIC
Contact the Growing Up Healthy Hotline at (800) 522-5006 to find a WIC office near you. There are over one hundred sites in New York City. You will need to call in advance and schedule an appointment to apply for WIC.


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