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Are you eligible for WIC? 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. Want to see if you qualify? Fill out the WIC Prescreening Tool.

What benefits does WIC offer?

  • Health and Nutrition Education
    WIC provides breastfeeding support and counseling, and nutrition education to promote a healthy lifestyle.

  • Monthly Benefits 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. 

    View the WIC Program Acceptable Foods Card (Español), and the NYS WIC Foods Guide (Español) for an extensive list of supplemental foods available.

    Visit the NYS WIC Vendors website to find a WIC store near you.

  • The WIC Program Promotes and Supports Breastfeeding
    Families can seek breatfeeding support and guidance from the Program's nutrition staff, Certified Lacation Counselors (CLC) and Peer Counselors.The WIC Program supports breastfeeding Additionally, breast pumps area available for WIC eligible breastfeeding women based on a breastfeeding assessment.

    For infants who need supplemental formula, a variety of formulas are available. Special Formulas are available for infants with qualifying medical conditions (requires Medical Documentation). Infant formula food packages are tailored at each visit to meet the infant's current growth and developmental needs. Supplemental foods may be provided for infants beginning at six months of age.
  • Farmers Market Nutrition Program
    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. 

  • Referrals for Health Care and Other Services
    WIC provides screening and referrals to other health and social service programs.

 

Changes are coming!!
By 2019, NYS WIC participants will purchase foods using an electronic benefits transfer card called eWIC. The eWIC card will work like a debit card at the store. This will make the shopping experience easier and more efficient for participants and vendors.


The Westchester County Department of Health WIC Program is scheduled to transition from the current system to eWIC beginning in December 2018. Program participants are being notified of the upcoming changes at each appointment and communication will be ongoing as we approach roll-out in December. The WIC Program will be working with community organizations and providers in the upcoming months to communicate these changes. Stay tuned for more information.


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
55 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
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.