(Women, Infants, and Children)
WIC is a federally funded supplemental food and nutrition education program for women (pregnant, breastfeeding or up to 6 months postpartum), infants and children to the age of five that provides nutritious foods, nutrition counseling, and referrals to health care. At WIC clinics, each participant receives nutrition education and is issued specific foods for that month. The benefits are redeemed at local stores contracted to accept WIC. By providing some of the foods needed daily for good health, WIC can help you stretch your food budget. Nutritionist at the WIC clinic can help you plan healthy meals for your family, advise on infant feeding, children's diet needs, and the food needs of pregnant and breastfeeding women.
WIC also employs a certified lactation consultant, and peer counselors who are available after normal clinic hours to help with topics relating to breastfeeding such as nutrition facts, positioning, and returning to work. WIC has electric and manual breast pumps available for special needs.
Nutritionists at the WIC clinic can help you plan healthy meals for your family, advise on infant feeding, childhood feeding issues, and the dietary needs of growing families.
"Your child has you and you have WIC"
To Enroll in WIC
If you are interested in learning more about this program or would like to make an appointment, please Contact Us or go to WIC Strong at the link below.
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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 responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or 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 discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, or found 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:
1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
2) fax: (202) 690-7442;
3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.
For more information about the WIC Program visit WIC Strong. WIC is funded by the USDA and New York State Department of Health.
Potential participants must meet four eligibility criteria:
- Categorical - women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have just had a baby; infants; and children under 5 years old.
- Residential - must be a resident of New York State
- Income - must have a gross income under the guidelines listed below or receive Food Stamps, Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy families.
- Nutritional - must have a nutritional need.
The WIC Program does not require proof of citizenship.
To sign up for WIC:
If you are interested in learning more about this program or signing up, please Contact Us to make an appointment to apply for the program.
The WIC program strongly encourages and provides support for breastfeeding. For infants not fully breastfed, iron-fortified formula is available for the first year. Infants with specific medical diagnosis may receive a special formula.
For eligible women and children these are some of the foods provided:
- Canned Fish
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Iron Fortified Cereal
- Brown Rice, Whole Grain Bread and Tortillas
- Peanut Butter, Canned or Dried Beans
- Baby Vegetables, Fruits and Meats
For specific information about the WIC foods visit WIC Strong
WIC participates in the New York State Farmer's Market program each summer. WIC participants receive coupons to be cashed at local farmer's markets for nutritious fruits and vegetables. Nutrition information is provided at the WIC office on the selection and preparation of fresh products.
Our main site is located at CAPCO's building at 32 North Main Street, Cortland. A limited number of evening hours are available. We also hold monthly satellite clinics at the following locations:
- Marathon Presbyterian Church, Main Street, Marathon, NY
- Cortland-Chenango Rural Services, Lower Cincinnatus Road, Cincinnatus, NY