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
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