All About WIC

What is WIC?

WIC stands for Women, Infants and Children. WIC’s goal is to improve the health and nutrition of moms and kids. It is well known that pregnancy and early childhood are among the most important times for growth and development and New York State WIC is here to help.

What does WIC provide?

WIC provides Nutrition Assessment and Education.

  • Learn how to live healthier by eating better and being physically active
  • Nutritionists provide individualized nutrition guidance to meet your goals
  • Support from other parents through group discussions

WIC provides Breastfeeding counseling and support services:

  • Mom to mom breastfeeding support from peer counselors
  • Breastfeeding counseling by a breastfeeding specialist
  • Breast pumps available to moms that need them
  • Special foods for breastfeeding moms for 6 months or longer

More Breastfeeding Information

WIC provides Monthly checks for nutritious foods:

  • Milk, cheese, cereal, vegetables, fruits, 100% juice, whole grain products, formula, eggs, baby food and more

WIC Eligible Foods

WIC provides Referrals to other services:

  • Lactation specialist
  • Well baby and child care
  • Medicaid
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Food Stamps
  • Family planning
  • Head Start

Ithaca Festival Parade with WIC!

The Tompkins County WIC office will be taking part in the Ithaca Festival Parade on June 2nd and is looking for participants to march with us to support WIC and breastfeeding! Click on link to see attached poster for details.

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Clinic Closure

The clinic is open on Wednesday May 10th from 8:30am-12:30pm and will be closed for the remainder of the day. The clinic will reopen on Thursday May 11th at 8:00am.

Tip: Have fun with your Food!!

Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to create fun shapes out of whole wheat bread. Top with berries or nut butter for added flavor.   Come up with more fun food ideas. Have fun with the kids and come with more activities!!

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