WIC provides personalized food packages tailored to the supplemental needs of women, infants, and children who are at-risk for nutritional deficiencies, and serves as a gateway to good health at critical points in their lives and development. Research has shown that the WIC Program plays an important role in improving birth outcomes, containing healthcare costs, and promoting the health of nutritionally at-risk families.
WIC’s Breastfeeding Peer-Counseling Program is a cost-effective, evidence-based resource for pregnant women and new mothers. Decades of research supports the short and long-term benefits of nursing for the health of mothers, infants, and children. Under the WIC program, Yeled v’Yalda helps promote nursing and support nursing mothers through the use of educational materials, support groups, a breast-pump lending program, and professional and peer lactation support staff.
- Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:
- A pregnant woman;
- A mother of an infant up to 6 months old;
- A breastfeeding mother of an infant up to 12 months old;
- An infant or child up to 5 years of age
- Applicants must be a resident of New York State.
- Applicants must meet income eligibility guidelines or receive Medicaid, SNAP (Food Stamps), or TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: https://www.usda.gov/oascr/how-to-file-a-program-discrimination-complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For other complaints or to request a Fair Hearing contact: mail: WIC Program Director NYSDOH, Riverview Center 150 Broadway, 6th Floor Albany, NY 12204; phone: (518) 402-7093; fax (518) 402-7348; or email: NYSWIC@HEALTH.NY.GOV