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Women, Infants & Children

WIC is the nation’s most successful and cost-effective public health nutrition program. We provide wholesome food, nutrition education, and community support for income eligible women who are pregnant or post-partum, infants and children up to five years old.  

The program provides a card with benefits (eWIC card) for WIC approved foods, nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support and health referrals to families.

We talk a lot about moms. But we offer support to anyone – working or not – who cares for a child including:

  • Moms
  • Single Fathers
  • Grandparents
  • Foster Parents
  • Step – Parents
  • Legal Guardians  

The simplest way to enroll in WIC is to call 518-873-3500 or learn more with WIC’s virtual assistant below. Check out our clinic dates and locations here.

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You May Qualify for WIC! ⬆

 

You are eligible for the WIC program if: 

1.  You are a NYS resident who is a pregnant woman of any age, an infant or child up to 5 years of age, a mother of a baby that is up to six months of age, or a breastfeeding mother of a baby that is up to 12 months of age; and 
2.  You meet income eligibility guidelines OR are receiving benefits from Food Stamps, Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). 

To get more information about or to apply for the WIC Program and services call the WIC Office at 518-873-3500or email at ewic@essexcountyny.gov 

 

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NYS WIC Breastfeeding Information and Support Link

Breastfeeding Support ⬆

Essex County WIC Program promotes breastfeeding as the #1 choice for newborn and infant nutrition.  Breastfeeding provides your baby with perfect nourishment containing the nutrients and antibodies your baby needs for excellent health.  Breast milk is easier for your baby to digest and creates a bond between mother and child.  Breastfeeding also has health benefits for the nursing mother.
 

 

How We Can Help:
Peer Counseling

We can connect you with a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor.  Peer counselors are mothers who have breastfed at least one infant and received special training from WIC in how to provide breastfeeding support.  Call us at 873-3560 for more information.

Breast Pump Availability

We can issue personal use breast pumps or loan out hospital-grade breast pumps to WIC participants.  The type of pump issued depends on the participant’s needs and available pumps at the time of request.  There is no fee for breast pump loan or issuance!

Bring to Your Appointment

· Proof of identity for each person applying.

· Proof of where you live. The proof must show your actual street address, not a post office box.

· Proof of income for each household member who works. Documentation must be for the last 30 days.

· Proof of your participation in Medicaid, or SNAP/Food Stamps or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).

· Immunization records for children if available.

· Confirmation of pregnancy – a statement from your health care provider with your baby’s due date.

· Any WIC Medical forms given to you by your health care provider.

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some WIC clinics have closed temporarily. Most states now allow new WIC applicants to enroll over the phone or online. For the latest information about WIC services in your state, visit your state’s WIC website.*

WIC Clinic Locations – Use this tool to find directions and addresses of the below locations

Ausable Forks     Town of Jay offices

Elizabethtown    Health Department

Keeseville          Methodist Church

Lake Placid        Shipman Youth Center

Moriah                Fire Department

Port Henry         St. Patrick’s Church

Schroon Lake      Health Center

Ticonderoga       Cornerstone Alliance Church

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

WIC ‘N’ PICK is back for 2023!!! Our ever so popular community engagement initiative in 2022 was the introduction of our WIC ‘N’ Pick series last summer. It was a tremendous hit for our families. Have a look at all the photos and fun!