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WOMEN INFANTS AND CHILDREN: WIC

WIC is the popular name for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Food Program for Women, Infants and Children. WIC provides supplemental foods, nutrition education, and referrals for health care and other services for eligible women, infants and children.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR WIC?

Pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum women, infants, and children under five years of age may be eligible if they meet the WIC income guidelines and are certified by WIC staff to be at nutritional risk.

WHAT BENEFITS DOES WIC OFFER?

MONTHLY CHECKS TO PURCHASE NUTRITIOUS FOODS:

Women and Children: Milk fluid: low-fat (1%), non-fat (skim) and Soy Milk for those > 2 years of age and whole for those 12-24 months; Iron-fortified cereals; Cheese; Eggs; Vegetables and fruits; Whole wheat bread or brown rice; Dry beans and/or Peanut Butter; Juices high in Vitamin C; Tofu; Tortillas and prescription formulas for women and children with special medical needs.

Infants: The Program Promotes and Supports Breastfeeding.

For infants who are not breastfed, formulas, including prescription formulas for infants with special medical needs are available. Iron-fortified baby cereals are provided for infants at four months of age and older and infant food vegetables and fruits are provided at six months of age and older.

HEALTH AND NUTRITION EDUCATION

REFERRALS FOR HEALTH CARE AND OTHER SERVICES

Participants are evaluated every six months to determine if they meet Program requirements, with the exception of pregnant women who are enrolled up to six weeks after the birth of their babies, and infants who are enrolled up to their first birthday.

WIC benefits cannot be considered as income for any reason, including income taxes, welfare, Food Stamps, Medicaid, or any public assistance program. WIC benefits do not affect Food Stamp allowance, Medicaid benefits, or applications for legal residence or citizenship.

THE MAXIMUM INCOME FOR WIC IS HIGHER THAN THAT FOR FOOD STAMPS, MEDICAID OR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE. PERSON S WHO ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR ANY OF THESE PROGRAMS MAY STILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR WIC.

WIC is an equal opportunity program.

For more information, please call (914) 699-7200, Ext. 546. Click the button below to start your application:

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