What is WIC?
"WIC" stands for Women, Infants and Children. WIC is the Special Supplemental Foods Program for Women, Infants and Children. WIC provides nutritious foods as well as nutrition counseling and education for its participants. It is a federally funded program of the United States Department of Agriculture. In New York State, WIC is part of the Department of Health.
Who is WIC for?
- Pregnant women (teens can apply)
- Children up to 5 years old
- Mothers of babies up to 6 months old
- Breastfeeding mothers of babies up to 12 months old
You can receive WIC even if:
- You are not a legal resident, a green card is not needed
- You are not a US citizen
- You do not have a social security number
- You or other household members work
- You get Food Stamps, public assistance or Medicaid
- You are a foreign student, (F-1 Visa).
What does WIC Provide?
Checks for WIC foods that you can use at a neighborhood store and pharmacy.
The important foods you receive through the WIC Program include:
|Juice||Beans, Peas or Peanut Butter|
|Infant formula||Whole Grain Bread/Brown Rice/Whole Wheat Pasta|
WIC is supplemental because it provides certain foods, which are considered essential for good growth and nutrition during the first few years of life. By providing these foods, participants may use money they have saved to purchase other foods such as bread, fruits, vegetables and meat.
- Nutrition education
Learn how to choose healthy foods and how to fix healthy meals
- Breastfeeding support and assistance
Breast milk is best
- Referral to other services
Prenatal (PCAP) and postpartum care
Well baby and Child Care
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
Substance abuse treatment
How can I receive WIC??
In order to participate in the program you must meet eligibility criteria.
- You must be a Pregnant, Postpartum or Breastfeeding woman, or an infant or a child under the age of five.
- You must live in New York State.
- You must qualify financially
How long can I receive benefits from WIC?
Pregnant women can stay on WIC until 6 weeks after their babies are born.
Breastfeeding mothers may stay on WIC until their baby's first birthday. A breastfeeding mother's nutritional status, health needs and income are reviewed 6 months from certification to see if she still meets the eligibility criteria. Mothers who choose not to breastfeed their babies or women whose pregnancy did not result in a live birth may be eligible up to six months postpartum. Infants and children may be on WIC until they turn 5 years old. Children's nutrition and health needs and their family's income are reviewed every 6 months to see if they still meet the eligibility criteria.
Who is eligible?
| New York State WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines
GROSS INCOME - Effective through June 30, 2016
| FOR EACH
FAMILY MEMBER ADD:
FAMILY SIZE IS DETERMINED BY: EVERYONE WHO LIVES WITH YOU AND SHARES INCOME AND EXPENSES
- You are eligible for WIC if you receive Medicaid, Food Stamps or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).
- You must be a New York State resident
- Families who meet income guidelines will be assessed by a health care professional for medical or nutritional risk.
What to Bring to Your Appointment
- Proof of identity for each person applying.
- Proof of where you live. The proof must show your actual street address, not a post office box.
- Proof of income for each household member who works. Documentation must be for the last 30 days.
- Proof of your participation in Medicaid, SNAP/Food Stamps or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).
- Immunization records for children.
- Confirmation of pregnancy - a statement from your health care provider with your baby's due date.
- Any WIC Medical forms given to you by your health care provider.
Call the Nassau County Health Department WIC Administrative Office at 516 227 9453 for more information on acceptable forms of proof of identity, residency, and income or about participation in one of the programs listed above.
Click on the above for a copy of any of the following 5 forms:
- WIC Medical Referral Form for Infants and Children
- WIC Medical Referral Form for Women
- Medical Documentation Form for WIC Formula and Approved WIC Foods
- Verification of Certification (VOC) Request Form
- Authorization Form
What to Expect at Your WIC Appointment
You will receive nutrition counseling focused on your needs and concerns.
WIC staff promise to:
- Listen to your concerns and needs
- Provide help from experienced staff and peer counselors
- Share information based on science and experience, without influence from formula or other commercial companies
- Assist you in making the best decisions for you and your family
- Respect you and your decisions about feeding your children
- Help you breastfeed as long as you and your baby want to breastfeed
- Work with your community and hospital to promote and support breastfeeding and encourage healthy lifestyles
All information shared with WIC staff is confidential. Local agency staff will ask you for:
- Documents that prove who you are, where you live, participation in assistance programs and the income of each member of your household who works. All documents will be returned.
- Your race and ethnicity. This information is for record keeping purposes only and does not affect your eligibility.
WIC staff will conduct a short health screening for all family members applying for WIC. This screening includes a finger stick blood test, height and weight, and a discussion of your health and nutrition concerns.
WIC staff will determine which food packages are right for you and your children. If you choose not to breastfeed, your infant will be provided one of the formulas on the New York State WIC Approved Formulas list. You may need to get a WIC Medical Documentation Form completed by your health care provider if you or your children have special nutritional needs.
You will receive:
- WIC food checks for each household member certified to use like checks at authorized WIC stores.
- A WIC Acceptable Foods booklet, which lists all the foods and specific package sizes that you can purchase.
- A WIC ID Card, which lists the names of everyone in the household on WIC.
- Referrals to appropriate programs and services
- Breastfeeding support
You will be able to authorize someone else to bring your children to WIC appointments or pick up your WIC food checks. It is important to choose someone you trust, such as a spouse or partner or grandparent.
Nassau County Health Department
WIC Site Locations
NEW CASSEL/WESTBURY WIC
GLEN COVE WIC
Nassau County Department of Health
200 County Seat Drive, Mineola, NY 11501
Andrea Gatewood, R.N. WIC Director