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WIC launches new card technology

 What is 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. 

    WIC benefits are now loaded onto an eWIC card during WIC appointments. An eWIC card is like a debit card and is used to buy WIC approved foods at WIC approved stores. eWIC shoppers can expect an easier check-out, a more discreet transaction, and the freedom to spread out WIC purchases.

    Check out the NYS eWIC Card Guide brochure, available in English (pdf).

    Watch the video, NYS WIC a New Way to Shop, View in EnglishEn Español.

    For eWIC card help, speak with your local WIC agency staff, visit your store's customer service desk, call eWIC card customer service at 1-844-540-3013, visit WICconnect or download the WIC2Go app.

    WIC2Go is a mobile app for New York State WIC Participants. WIC2Go can help you: 
  • Check the dates and times of your WIC appointments
  • Check your current month's benefit balance and expiration date
  • Scan fods to see if they are WIC-approved
  • Locate WIC clinics and WIC stores


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 breastfeeding support and guidance from the Program's nutrition staff, Certified Lactation Counselors (CLC) and Peer Counselors. Breast pumps are 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 develpmental needs. Supplemental foods may be provided for infants beginning at six months of age.


  • Farmers Market Nuturition Program
    Families entrolled 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 increasted consumption of fresh, locally grown fruits and veetables to WIC participants.


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

  

 To schedule an appointment or for questions about WIC, please contact us at one of our offices below:


Yonkers WIC Office
20 South Broadway, 2nd floor
Yonkers, NY 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

 

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