From monthly checks toward healthy foods to nutritional education, there are lots of ways the NY WIC program helps Allegany County families. In order to conveniently serve as much of the county as possible we offer WIC program benefits on site in the following Allegany County towns and cities: Wellsville, Alfred Station, Belfast, Bolivar, Canaseraga, Cuba, Friendship, Fillmore
We offers hundreds of accepted foods, consisting of healthy options such as fruits, vegetables, 100% juice, whole grain items, infant formula, milk, eggs, as well as a lot more. Allegany County WIC assists New York State single parent households, foster families, and others having a tough time making ends meet, get the right foods for their families, nutritional counseling and lactation support. Learn more today!
eWIC is Coming to WNY Starting in Oct. 2018!
How we came about and what we do.
A Brief History of the WIC Program
The WIC program can trace its roots back to the mid to late 1960’s. During this time of unrest and tension in the United States, hunger and nutritional deficiencies were becoming major issues. It was during the spring of 1967 that American hunger jumped onto the nation stage. This came about via the actions of Marian Wright Edelman (an attorney for the NAACP) who led members of the Senate Poverty Subcommittee through the communities of the Mississippi Delta revealing unthinkable poverty.
The existence of such hunger in America came as a shock to many citizens at the time. This was not true for all though. Some, like Doctor David Paige, a pediatrician who was working in inner-city clinics in Baltimore, MN saw this kind of destitution daily. Doctor Paige saw malnourishment and iron deficiency in many of the women and children he was working with. These deficits were causing stunted growth and neural development issues in the population. It was through the efforts of Doctor Paige in 1969 that a small experimental program was started with a grant from the Maryland Food Committee. This program was designed to prescribe iron-fortified formula to malnourished children to improve their growth and development.
The experimental program was a success and started to grow, eventually getting federally funding through grants. As the program grew it became clear that the clinic sites (where participants picked up formula) were no longer an efficient way of distributing program benefits. Enter the program checks. At this point the program was still only offered in Maryland, experimental in nature, and was referred to as the Iron Fortified Infant Formula Program or IFIF Program.
At this time, movements were also being made in Washington to start a program that would address the issues of hunger and malnutrition in the infant population. Eventually in 1972 federal legislation made its way to law, and the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children was launched for a 2-year pilot period.
In January of 1974 the first WIC office was opened in Pineville, Kentucky. Soon after, several hundred WIC clinics opened up across the country. During that year there were WIC offices operating in 45 states and the WIC program became permanently established by legislation P.L. 94-105. As time went on legislation was passed to require WIC to provide nutrition education, more targeted supplemental foods, and referral services to other organizations.
In 1992 WIC introduced its enhanced food package for exclusively breastfeeding mothers to help promote breast feeding. It was not until 2004 that the WIC program launched its Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Initiative to provide support for mothers who were learning how to breastfeed their babies. WIC continues on its commitment today to help develop stronger and healthier families in our neighborhoods and communities all across the nation.
How WIC can help
Alfred Station: 1st Thu of every 3rd month (starting with the 1st one in Feb)
May, Aug, Nov: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Angelica: 2nd Tue of every 3rd month (starting with the 1st one in Jan)
Apr, Jul, Oct: 9:30am – 2:00pm
Belfast: 4th Mon of every month: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Bolivar: 4th Tue of every month: 9:30am – 2:30pm
Canaseraga: 3rd Wed of every 2nd month (starting with the 1st one in Feb)
April, Aug, Nov: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Cuba: 1st Mon of every month: 9:30am – 2:30pm
Fillmore: 1st Wed of every month: 9:30am – 2:30pm
Friendship: 3rd Thu of every month: 9:30am – 2:30pm
Wellsville: 2nd and 4th Thu: 8:30am – 6:00pm
Free Nutrition and Cooking Workshops!
Come to ACCORD to learn how to add fruits and vegetables to your diet; stretch your food dollars; and plan quick, healthy, easy meals through the Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables Workshop.
This workshop will be held at ACCORD located at: 84 Schuyler St. Belmont, NY 14813
The event is offered on the following dates:
Nov. 17th and Dec. 8th, 2017
Jan. 12th and 26th, Feb. 9th and 23rd, March 9th and 23rd, and April 6th, 2018
All workshops will start at 11am.Workshop Event Flyer
What to Bring
Seventh Day Baptist Church (bldg. next to church)
587 Rte. 244
Alfred Station, NY 14803
ph: (585) 593-2533