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.

July - September 2023

WIC Reminders & Updates:

Starting August 9th, Albany Medical Center's WIC Office will be re-opened to the public!  We are excited to open our doors and welcome you back in, however, it's not required that you attend in person, and remote appointments are still available.  Please let your nutritionist know what you prefer.  Thank you for your patience and flexibility over the past three years.

Farmer's Market coupons are here!  You can pick them up at your next appointment, or call the office if you'd like to pick them up or have them mailed ahead of time.

The Benefits of Vitamin D - The Sunshine Vitamin:

Did you know Vitamin D is like having a tiny little sun inside your body?  Vitamin D is very important for our bodies - it helps us grow strong bones and teeth, and helps our immune system fight off germs.

How do you get this vitamin?  One way, is to spend time outside in the sun!  When the sun hits our skin, our bodies make Vitamin D.  Just remember to be safe and wear sunscreen to prevent from getting burned.

If you can't get outside, you can also get Vitamin D from certain foods - including milk, eggs, and fish like salmon or tuna.  You can also find it in fortified foods like orange juice and cereals.

But, keep in mind too much of a good thing, can be a bad thing.  We recommend talking to your doctor to make sure you're getting the correct amount of Vitamin D.

Breastfeeding Corner:

WIC will be celebrating World Breastfeeding Week August 1 - 7, 2023.  We'll have breastfeeding questionnaires and giveaways the whole month of August. As your peer counselor for more information.

WIC supports World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) with this year's theme of Enabling Breastfeeding.  It focuses on breastfeeding and employment/work, and making a difference for working parents.  It will showcase the impact of paid family leave, workplace support, and emerging parenting norms on breastfeeding.

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.

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]