Nutrition is so important for pregnant and nursing mothers, postpartum women, infants, and small children. It is during these life stages that access to healthy food is needed most. That is why CEO offers the WIC program.
WIC offers nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and access to healthy food. WIC supports the health of pregnant and postpartum women, and their children up to the age of five. Fathers, stepparents, grandparents and foster parents may all apply for their children.
The program distributes vouchers which can be used specifically for purchasing nutritious foods and formula from designated stores.
WIC has been shown to improve the health of pregnant, postpartum, and nursing women, and their young children. The foods provided through WIC are a good source of important nutrients that are often missing from the diets of women and young children. WIC participants have longer, healthier pregnancies and fewer premature births.
Volunteers needed to be Breastfeeding Peer Counselors:
CEO’s WIC program is committed to increasing breastfeeding rates by promoting the benefits of breastfeeding. The program also supports breastfeeding mothers and their families with its Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program. Participants work one-on-one with other mothers who are breastfeeding or have breastfed, and who have training in breastfeeding counseling. Peer counselors can receive a stipend for their time.
WIC is breastfeeding friendly! WIC has a room where breastfeeding mothers can use their breast pump or nurse their little one in private.
WIC also offers a variety of breast pumps for use. Pump distribution is based on need and pump availability.
You may be eligible for WIC if:
- You are a pregnant, postpartum or nursing, or if you have children under the age of five
- You live in New York State
- You or your children are determined to be at nutritional risk
You must also meet the income eligibility guidelines (below).
However, you automatically income-qualify for WIC if you currently receive:
- Food Stamps/SNAP benefits
- TANF (temporary assistance)
For more information on CEO’s WIC program, please contact:
Melissa Sacco, WIC Program Manager
Phone: (518) 272-6159
Also, don’t forget – Farmer’s Market checks are here, but they are only good from June 1st to November 30th. Get them before they are gone! Want more details? Contact us at the number above!
Site locations and hours:
Main site: Joseph L. Bruno Family Resource Center
2328 Fifth Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
OPEN Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday 7:30 am – 7:00 pm
Aiken Ave Apartments Community Room
85 Aiken Ave
Rensselaer, NY 12144
2nd Wednesday of the month 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Hoosick Falls Fire Department
3 Griffin Ave
Hoosick Falls, NY 12090
2nd Tuesday of the month 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Schodack Town Hall
265 Schuurman Rd
Schodack, NY 12033
1st Friday of the month 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Schaghticoke Town Hall
290 North Line Dr
Melrose, NY 12121
3rd Tuesday of the month 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Stephentown Town Hall
26 Grange Hall Rd
Stephentown, NY 12168
3rd Friday of the month 9:30 am – 12:00 pm