WIC is a program for pregnant, breastfeeding, postpartum women, infants and children under the age of 5 years old that provides:
- WIC EBT cards to purchase healthy foods such as milk, yogurt, eggs, whole grains, fruit and vegetables
- Nutrition information
- Breastfeeding support and education
- Linkage to other Whitney Young Health programs and services
- Referrals to other family services
Albany Health Center (920 Lark Drive, Albany):
- Monday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
- Tuesday: 8:00am – 4:30pm
- Wednesday: 8:00am – 7:00pm
- Thursday: 8:00am – 4:30pm
- Friday: 8:00am – 4:30pm
Watervliet Administrative Office (1601 Broadway, Watervliet):
- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Tuesdays of every month: 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm – 3:00pm
All WIC appointments are by appointment only. To make an appointment now, call our office at (518) 465-9387.
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How do I get help with breastfeeding?
To get breastfeeding assistance, you can call our 24-hour Breastfeeding Hotline at (518) 221-7183, visit www.breastfeedingpartners.org, or call the WIC office for a breastfeeding consultation appointment with the Lactation Counselors in office.
Do I qualify for WIC?
You may be eligible for WIC if:
- You are a pregnant, postpartum or nursing, or if you have children under the age of five.
- You live in New York State.
- You or your children are determined to be at nutritional risk.
You must also meet the income eligibility guidelines
However, you automatically income-qualify for WIC if you currently receive:
- Food Stamps/SNAP benefits.
- TANF (temporary assistance).
To see if you qualify, take this WIC Prescreening tool.
What do I bring to my WIC appointment?
You need to bring certain items to your appointment to prove you are eligible.
In addition, the WIC staff will assess your height, weight and iron count to determine your nutritional needs.
Are there other forms that will need to be completed before I quality for WIC?
As part of your appointment, WIC has to gather some information about your health. If you have been to the doctor recently, it is helpful if you bring some of your health information with you. Also, if you or your child has any special dietary needs, your doctor will need to complete a special form called the medical documentation form.
Medical Documentation for WIC Formula and Approved WIC Foods for Infants, Children and Women needs to have the medical documentation attached to it.
What foods can I buy with my WIC Checks?
Downloadable WIC food card:
This card lists the foods and brands that you are allowed to purchase with your WIC food checks. It also lists those items you are NOT allowed to purchase with your WIC food checks.
Use WIC Checks only at authorized WIC Stores in New York State. Look for the “We Accept WIC Checks” sign in the window.
Separate your WIC foods from your other groceries at the register, and sort these foods by check. Be sure to tell the cashier you are making a WIC purchase and show your WIC ID card.
The total cost of your WIC purchases must not go over the “Not to Exceed” amount on the check. Do not pay the difference in price or reduce the amount of food purchased. You may purchase less expensive brands or use coupons. If the total cost of your WIC purchase is less than the “Not to Exceed” amount, you cannot get change. Sign the check only after the exact amount of the purchase is written in the “Pay Exactly” box. Please note: you may not exchange WIC foods for non-WIC foods, cash, or credit.
How do I use my WIC checks?
Treat WIC Checks like cash – they cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. Be sure to use Your WIC checks only within the “Not Good Before” and “Not Good After” dates.
Purchase only WIC approved foods as listed on the WIC Acceptable Foods Card, and only the types and amounts of food listed on the check and purchase all of the WIC foods that are listed on each check. Not all checks for that month have to be used at once.
Where can I use my WIC checks?
The following stores that are authorized to accept WIC checks: Walmart, Hannaford, Price Chopper/Market 32, and Shop Rite.
Which local farmers markets accept WIC checks?
Who do I contact if I suspect someone of WIC Fraud?
If you suspect that someone may be committing WIC fraud or abuse, please contact the fraud hotline at (877) 282-6657 or Debra Hathaway at (518) 402-7101. To send you complaint in writing, please mail to WIC Fraud, BSI, P.O. Box 2061, Albany, NY 12220-0061.