How To Apply For New York WIC Program
If you are planning to apply for WIC benefits in New York** then applicants must meet eligibility requirements for categorical, residential, income and nutrition risk. If you need to know how to contact your local WIC office, New York WIC Office.
WIC is setup to help serve certain categories. These categories are women, infants, and children. With these categories the following individuals are considered eligible for the WIC program:
WIC Requirements For Women
- Pregnant, during pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after birth of an infant or end of the pregnancy
- Postpartum, up to 6 months after birth of the infant or end of the pregnancy
- Breast feeding, Up until the infants 1st birthday
WIC Requirements For Infants And Children
- Up to the infants/childs 1st birthday
New York Residential Requirement
People who are applying for New York WIC benefits must live in the state. Optionally, New York may require applicants to live in a local service area and apply at a WIC clinic that serves that area. The amount of time living in New York or the local service area is not required for applicants to meet the WIC residency requirement.
Nutrition Risk Requirement
All WIC applicants must be seen by a health professional such as a nurse, physician, or nutritionist so they can determine if the applicant is at nutrition risk. In most cases this can be done at the local WIC clinic at no cost to the applicant, though the applicant can see other health professionals such as their own physician. Some examples for nutrition risk are anemia (low blood levels), underweight, or history of poor pregnancy outcome. An applicant must have at least one of the medical or dietary conditions on the New York list of WIC nutrition risk criteria.
In order to be eligible for WIC in NY an applicant's income must be below a level or standard set by New York or be determined automatically income-eligible based on participation in certain programs.
**Please note that this page gives you general guidelines for applying for WIC benefits. These guidelines can be different and change from time to time in New York. So we recommend that you contact your local WIC Office in New York to get the latest information for applying for these benefits.