WIC Program Goes Electronic

WIC Program Goes Electronic

Overview

By Yolanda Clark

The WIC (women, infants and children) program is a supplimental nutrition program designed to assist low-income families afford healthy foods. The program started in 1972 and the first WIC site opened in 1974. 

So who is eligible? Pregnant women, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding mothers, infants and children up to the age of 5. Families that receive Food Stamps, TANF or Medicaid are considered income eligible. Working families may also qualify depending on the family size and monthly (or weekly) income.

The WIC program offers other services that go beyond providing healthy foods for families. Qualifying participants will recieve breastfeeding support by trained staff as well as information on other needed services such as; family planning, Supplimental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Head Start, prenatal care and well baby care.

Currently, WIC benefits are printed on paper “checks”. However, that will soon be changing and benefits will be loaded onto a card similar to an EBT (food stamp) card. Participants will be givien a specific location where they can pick up their new cards, and choose a PIN number. The proposed time for this is October 2018.

For more information on the Monroe County WIC Program and how to apply:

Call: (585) 753-4942

Visit: health.ny.gov/wic

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