WIC stands for the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children.
Nutritious foods like fruits & vegetables, milk, eggs, cereal, whole grains, beans, peanut butter, and more!
Referrals to other helpful programs
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
To qualify, you must be:
A pregnant, breastfeeding, or post-partum woman, or infant or child up to age 5
A resident of New York
Income eligible—receive Medicaid, SNAP (food stamp) benefits, or other public assistance.
For help in applying for Medicaid, Child Health Plus, or insurance subsidies through the New York State of Health insurance exchange, call Oak Orchard Health’s Project Connects at 585-589-0872, x257. We are happy to help you determine if you qualify so please call!
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR WIC APPOINTMENTS
You will receive nutrition counseling focused on your needs and concerns. WIC staff promise to:
Listen to your concerns and needs
Provide help from experienced staff and peer counselors
Share information based on science and experience, without influence from formula or other commercial companies
Assist you in making the best decisions for you and your family
Respect you and your decisions about feeding your children
Help you breastfeed as long as you and your baby want to breastfeed
Work with your community and hospital to promote and support breastfeeding and encourage healthy lifestyles
All information shared with WIC staff is confidential. We will ask you for:
Documents that prove who you are, where you live, participation in assistance programs and the income of each member of your household who works. All documents will be returned.
Your race and ethnicity. This information is for record keeping purposes only and does not affect your eligibility.
WIC staff will conduct a short health screening for all family members applying for WIC. This screening includes a finger stick blood test, height and weight, and a discussion of your health and nutrition concerns.
WIC staff will determine which food packages are right for you and your children. If you choose not to breastfeed, your infant will be provided one of the formulas on the New York State WIC Approved Formulas list. You may need to get a WIC Medical Documentation Form completed by your health care provider if you or your children have special nutritional needs.
You will receive:
An e-WIC benefit card that you will use to buy WIC approved foods at WIC approved stores.
A WIC Acceptable food booklet, which lists all the WIC foods, brands and specific package sizes that you can buy.
Information about the WIC2GO mobile App which will help keep track of your family’s monthly benefits, appointment and much more.
Referrals to other helpful programs and services.
Breastfeeding support and services.
Information about health and nutrition.
WIC participants Right and Responsibilities.
You will be able to authorize someone else to bring your children to WIC appointments or pick up your WIC food checks. It is important to choose someone you trust, such as a spouse or partner or grandparent.
At WIC we know that breastfeeding is the normal way to feed babies, but it can be challenging at times. Please contact your WIC office or any of the following staff if you are on WIC or WIC-eligible and need help! Call or text:
Stephanie Kahn, RD, CLC, Breastfeeding Coordinator, (585) 331-7600
Sherrity DiSanto, Batavia Peer Counselor, (585) 698-3757
Ashely Bresett, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, Albion WIC, (585) 331-7494
Julie Swanson, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, Brockport WIC, (585) 331-7021
The WIC Breastfeeding Program offers (at no cost to WIC families):
Prenatal individual and group education
Help via call or text 24/7
Lending library of breastfeeding books
Printed learning material
Hospital visitation help (when schedules allow)
Manual and electric breast pumps (ask your WIC nutritionist or peer counselor about these services)
Baby weigh station (walk in to have your baby or child weighed anytime the office is open)
GROWING UP HEALTHY HOTLINE
Call the Growing Up Healthy Hotline at 1-800-522-5006 or through TTY access at 1-800-655-1789 for information about WIC programs in other areas or about other health-related programs.
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
301 West Avenue
Albion, NY 14411
One Mill St., Suite 100
Batavia, NY 14020
300 West Ave
Brockport, NY 14420
(the front building with the Optical Department)
Le Roy WIC
Calvary Baptist Church
8703 Lake Street Road
LeRoy, NY 14482
3rd Wednesday of each month
St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church
1355 West Ave
Medina, NY 14103
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month
First United Presbyterian Church 63 Alleghany Road
1st Wednesday of March, June, September, and December
Tonawanda Indian Reservation Tonawanda Indian Reservation
372 Bloomingdale Rd
Akron, NY, 14001
1st Wednesday of January, April, July, and October