WIC is the popular name for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children and provides supplemental foods, nutrition education, and referrals for health care and other services. The WIC Program was established in 1974 to reduce infant mortality and improve the health of our nation’s children. Today, the WIC Program is considered one of the most successful, cost-effective and important nutrition intervention programs in the country.
The Westchester County Department of Health WIC Program has been providing WIC services to the community since 1979 and currently serves approximately 8,000 participants annually.
Who is eligible for WIC?
Pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to 5 years of age may be eligible if they live in New York State, are certified by WIC staff to be at nutritional risk and meet the WIC income guidelines (Español) The maximum income for WIC eligibility is higher than that for Food Stamps, Medicaid or Public Assistance and persons who are not eligible for any of these programs may still be eligible for WIC.
What benefits does WIC offer?
- Health and Nutrition Education
WIC provides breastfeeding support and counseling, and nutrition education to promote a healthy lifestyle.
- Monthly Checks to Purchase Nutritious Foods
WIC's focus on nutrition and healthy lifestyle is intended to help combat childhood obesity and to reduce chronic disease by offering choices that are low in fat and high in nutrients such as iron, vitamin C, B vitamins and fiber. Studies have found that WIC participation is linked to a lower incidence of iron-deficiency anemia, longer pregnancies, less premature births and improved dietary intake among women and children.
- Women and Children: Milk, Yogurt, Cheese, Iron-fortified Cereals, Whole Grain Bread, Whole Wheat Pasta, Tortillas and Brown Rice, Eggs, 100% Juice, Fruits & Vegetables, Canned and Dry Beans, Peanut Butter, and Special Formulas for women and children with qualifying medical conditions.
- Infants: The WIC Program Promotes and Supports Breastfeeding.
For infants who need supplemental formula, a variety of formulas are available. Infant formula food packages are tailored at each visit to meet the infant’s current growth and developmental needs. Iron-Fortified infant cereal, jarred baby foods and fresh fruits and vegetables are provided for infants beginning at six months of age. Special Formulas are available for infants with qualifying medical conditions. For infants requiring Special Formula, a Health Care Provider licensed to write medical prescriptions must make a medical determination that the participant has a WIC Qualifying Medical Condition and complete a New York State WIC Medical Documentation Form which can be accessed here.
In addition, families enrolled in the WIC Program may participate in the New York State Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP). FMNP is a federally funded, state administered program, created to provide and promote increased consumption of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables to WIC participants. FMNP checks are issued once per season and are limited to one set per WIC household as available. In 2016, 5,366 WIC families received $24 in coupons to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets throughout the County.
Referrals for Health Care and Other Services
WIC provides screening and referrals to other health and social service programs.
How to Apply
Westchester County WIC Offices are located at the Health Department District Offices in Yonkers, and Port Chester. To find out more about the WIC Program or to schedule an appointment, contact one of the offices below.
Yonkers WIC Office
20 South Broadway, 2nd floor
Yonkers, New York 10701
Phone: (914) 231-2510
Port Chester WIC Office
1 Gateway Plaza, 1st floor
South Main Street
Port Chester, NY 10573
Phone: (914) 813-7244
Administrative Main Office – Information Only
112 East Post Road, 2nd Floor
White Plains, New York 10601
Phone: (914) 995-5427
WIC Program Office Hours
NEW Extended Hours beginning January 2017
The Westchester County Department of Health WIC Program provides client services Monday to Friday as listed below:
Monday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
For more information on the WIC Program in NYS, please visit the NYS Department of Health Website