Claire Becker, a Fordham University junior, was slicing vegetables for dinner in her Bronx apartment when the knife zigged and her hand zagged. “I accidentally sliced open the skin between my thumb and index finger,” Claire recalled, as blood began…
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program offers nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and nutritious food for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum women, infants and children up to five years of age.
Do you qualify for WIC? Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
You must live in the State in which you apply, but do not need to be a U.S. citizen.
You must be one of the following:
• A pregnant woman
• An infant or child up to five years old
• A mother of a baby up to six months old
• A breast feeding mother of a baby up to 12 months old
You must have income at or below an income level or standard set by the State agency, or be determined automatically income-eligible based on participation in certain State-administered programs, including SNAP, Medicaid, and TANF.
• Medically-based risks (designated as “high priority”) such as anemia, underweight, maternal age, history of pregnancy complications, or poor pregnancy outcomes
• Diet-based risks such as inadequate dietary pattern
Nutritional risk is determined by a health professional such as a physician, nutritionist, or nurse, and is based on Federal guidelines. This health screening is free to program applicants.
For more information, please visit the New York State WIC website.