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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 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

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.

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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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Proof of your income

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Proof of pregnancy status

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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 June 21, 2018