Healthy food for families

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

1. How it Works

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 are 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

More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the WIC website to learn more.

Call 311

Ask for Women, Infants, and Children assistance

Call the Growing Up Healthy Hotline

Call 800-522-5006 for more information on WIC.

Visit a WIC office

Find a WIC office near you to get help in person.

2. Determine your eligibility

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.

Take a short survey to see if you might be eligible for this or 30 other programs.

3. What you need to include

It’s important to include the right documents when you apply. Your documents show whether the program is right for you.

This page can help you choose the right documents for your application.

Proof of who you are

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For each person applying, any one document:

  • Driver license or official photo I.D.
  • Birth certificate (original or certified copy)
  • Work I.D. with photo
  • Passport
  • Social Security Card for dependents
  • Social Security Card or ITIN
  • Medicaid card
  • Official birth records
  • Official school records
  • Adoption record or foster care placement letter (for infants/children only)
  • Baptismal certificate or another religious certificate (for infants/children only)
  • SNAP card with photo
  • Immunization record (for infants and children)
  • Voter registration card
  • WIC Medical referral form (for infants or children only)

Proof of where you live

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For the household, any one document:

  • Driver license
  • ID card with your address
  • Current letter, lease, or rent receipt with your home address from landlord
  • Correspondence from a government agency with your name and your street address (not a P.O. Box)
  • Medicaid card
  • Paycheck stubs with your home address
  • Postmarked envelope, postcard, or magazine label with your name and date (cannot use if sent to a P.O. Box)
  • Utility bill (gas, electric, or water)
  • WIC Medical referral form

Proof of your income

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For each income source of each income earner, any one document:

Wages & Salary

  • W2
  • Letter from employer on company letterhead, signed and dated
  • Income tax return
  • Pay stubs (from the past four weeks in a row that you worked if your income changes from week to week. If your paycheck is the same each week bring the most current pay stub)

Self-employment

  • Records of earnings and expenses
  • Signed and dated income tax return and all schedules

Cash Assistance

  • Cash Assistance budget letter

Income from Rent or Room and Board

  • Letter from roomer, boarder, or tenant

Military Pay

  • Current check stub
  • Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)

Child Support or Alimony

  • Letter from court
  • Letter from person providing support

Unemployment Income

  • Award letter or certificate
  • Correspondence from NYS Department of Labor

Social Security Benefits (SSI, Dependent, Disability, Survivor’s, Retirement)

  • Correspondence from Social Security Administration
  • Current award letter or certificate

Worker’s Compensation

  • Current award letter

Veteran’s Benefits

  • Correspondence from Veterans Administration
  • Current award letter

Pensions, Annuities, or IRA

  • Statement from pension/annuity

Interest, Dividends, or Royalties

  • Statement from bank, credit union, or financial institution

Education Grants and Loans

  • Current award letter

Support from Family Members

  • Signed statement or letter from family member

Proof of your resources

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For each resource of each resource holder, any one document:

  • Bank statement
  • Credit union records
  • Trust fund

Proof of pregnancy status

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For each pregnant person, any one document:

  • Dated sonogram that confirms pregnancy and includes mother’s name
  • Letter from doctor or medical provider with expected date of delivery
  • Presumptive Medicaid eligibility screening form completed and signed by your health care provider
  • WIC Medical referral form

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply in person

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.

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the WIC website to learn more.

Call 311

Ask for Women, Infants, and Children assistance

Call the Growing Up Healthy Hotline

Call 800-522-5006 for more information on WIC.

Visit a WIC office

Find a WIC office near you to get help in person.

Updated December 12, 2017