NUTRITION, SUPPORT AND THE POWER OF CAREGIVERS.
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(EBT 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:
- Single Fathers
- Foster Parents
- Step – Parents
- Legal Guardians
WIC approved foods 🍅🍇🍎🍓🥛🥕🍆provide essential vitamins and minerals needed to support growth. Foods may include milk, plain yogurt, cheese, tofu, 100% fruit juice, soy-based beverages, eggs, fruits, vegetables, legumes, peanut butter, infant formulas and infant cereals, baby foods, hot and cold cereals, whole grain breads/tortillas, whole wheat pasta and brown rice.
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).
Check your income eligibility here
In accordance with Federal law and US Department of Agriculture policy, please review WIC’s Non discrimination policy.
Applying for WIC
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.
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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!
How We Can Help:
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.
Cory Murphy is a CLC (certified lactation consultant) shares some tips on a good latch while breastfeeding. Watch it here ⬇
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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.