WIC provides free healthy food and services to low-income women and children, including nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support, health education, and referrals.
- Starting February 2019, NYS WIC participants will purchase foods using an Electronic Benefits Transfer card called eWIC. It will make food shopping easier for WIC families.
- 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 lists the food you can purchase using WIC
You or your child may be eligible if you can answer yes to these questions:
- Are you:
- 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.
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.
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