WIC - Women, Infants & Children

What is WIC?

The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program provides access to healthy foods for growth and development and promotes food nutrition through education.

WIC benefits for food are provided free of charge to pregnant, postpartum, or nursing women, and for infants and children under the age of 5 who demonstrate a need as determined by WIC guidelines.

The WIC office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

It's located at 220 Green St. Albany, NY 12202.

To speak with someone in the WIC office, call 518-432-4033.

Basket of breastfeeding books, infant toys, and t-shirts
I would not have been as successful breastfeeding if it weren't for you calling and checking in on me.”
WIC Clientduring World Breastfeeding Week

WIC benefits make it easier for you to shop for healthy food, and can be used at participating grocery stores and farmers markets within New York State.

The WIC benefits cover foods including:

  • Baby Food
  • Brown Rice
  • Canned Fish
  • Cereal
  • Cheese
  • Dried or Canned Beans/Peas
  • Eggs
  • Fruit Juice
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Infant Formula
  • Milk
  • Peanut Butter
  • Tofu
  • Tortillas
  • Whole Grain Bread
  • Whole Wheat Pasta
  • Yogurt

Due to the formula shortage, the NYS WIC formulary has alternate options for a limited time.  Depending on the formula you receive, you may be able to temporarily purchase a combination of formula brands and alternate container sizes.  If you can't find your assigned formula in the stores, the following resources are available:

See a list of WIC-approved baby formulas in New York State.

Learn more about foods and formula from New York State's WIC Vendors.

Please review the household size and income per pay periods to help determine if you're eligible for WIC benefits:

Effective 2023 - 2024
Pregnant individuals count as two people

One person household:
Annual: $26,973
Monthly: $2,248
Twice-monthly: $1,124
Bi-weekly: $1,038
Weekly: $519

Two person household:
Annual: $36,482
Monthly: $3,041
Twice-monthly: $1,521
Bi-weekly: $1,404
Weekly: $702

Three person household:
Annual: $45,991
Monthly: $3,833
Twice-monthly: $1,917
Bi-weekly: $1,769
Weekly: $885

Four person household:
Annual: $55,500
Monthly: $4,625
Twice-monthly: $2,313
Bi-weekly: $2,135
Weekly: $1,068

Five person household:
Annual: $65,009
Monthly: $5,418
Twice-monthly: $2,709
Bi-weekly: $2,501
Weekly: $1,251

Six person household:
Annual: $74,518
Monthly: $6,210
Twice-monthly: $3,105
Bi-weekly: $2,867
Weekly: $1,434

Seven person household:
Annual: $84,027
Monthly: $7,003
Twice-monthly: $3,502
Bi-weekly: $3,232
Weekly: $1,616

Eight person household:
Annual: $93,536
Monthly: $7,795
Twice-monthly: $3,898
Bi-weekly: $3,598
Weekly: $1,799

For each additional person:
Annual: +$9,509
Monthly: +$793
Twice-monthly: +$397
Bi-weekly: +$366
Weekly: +$183

In the Capital Region, WIC has many convenient locations in Albany, Ravena, Berne, Knox, and Westerlo. The WIC office has evening appointments available. To find out if you are eligible for WIC and to begin enrollment, please call the WIC office at 518-432-4033.

January - February 2024

Mental Wellness in the New Year:

  1. Make time for self care: Create a list of self-care activities that you enjoy and include them in your daily routine.
  2. Set goals and priorities: Start with making a list of tasks that need to get done. Prioritize what needs to be done now, and what can wait. Check off each task as you complete it.
  3. Prioritize sleep: Research shows sleep deprivation can negatively impact your mental health. Try to aim for about 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Limiting screen time before bed can help improve your quality of sleep.
  4. Learn a new skill: Creative hobbies can provide a sense of pride and achievement.
  5. Learn more about mental health: One of the best ways to improve your mental health is to understand it.

Resource:  National Institutes of Health's Wellness Toolkit

Breastfeeding Corner:

Are you making enough milk for your baby?  Most likely, the answer is YES!

  • Breastfeeding newborns can feed, on average, 8-12 times in 24 hours for the first few weeks.
  • You may feel you're not making enough milk for baby when they hit growth spurts around 2-3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months. Baby may nurse longer, and at times up to every 30 minutes, and be fussier. It can last for a few days at a time. This is usually nature's way of increasing your milk supply to keep up with your baby's needs. Your body will adjust to right amounts during this time, and in a few days, baby will go back to a normal feeding schedule. Your milk supply will be raised and will sustain the new levels for baby's needs.
  • Babies may "cluster feed" in the evening. It's their way of filling up and learning to sleep longer at night.

Helpful tips:

  • Eat well and stay hydrated.
  • Ask loved ones for extra help while you tend to the baby more often.
  • Try to stay patient. This is usually temporary!
  • Reach out to your health care professional and/or lactation specialist for additional assessment and support if you are concerned.

Learn more about cluster feeding and growth spurts.

For more information or if you have breastfeeding questions, call the WIC office at 518-432-4033.   Or call our peer counselor Jackie at 518-649-3885.

WIC Reminders:

Our office is now open!  Please let us know if you would like to complete your next appointment in person. Remote/phone appointments remain available as well.

Cash Value Benefit for Fruit and Vegetables: Currently, eligible participants with a benefit start date of October 1, 2023 through September 30, 2024 will receive an increased cash value benefit (CVB) dollar amount for fruits and vegetables per benefit month based on their category. Please note, this may change at any time.  If you are unsure if you are eligible to receive the cash value benefit, please call the WIC office and ask to speak to one of the nutritionists.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800)-877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-
508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling 866-632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD[1]3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or
fax: 833-256-1665 or 202-690-7442; or
email: [email protected]

 

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, N.Y., 12204
Phone: 518-402-7093;
Fax: 518-402-7348; or email: [email protected]