Are you a single parent with a child up to 5 years old in Yates County? If so, the NY WIC program may be able to improve your health and nutrition as well as your child’s. The state WIC program gives pregnant women, mothers of infants, children up to 5, and fathers/caretakers money to purchase healthy food items. The SPCC encourages anyone in need of monetary assistance, information about pregnancy and/or breastfeeding, individualized nutrition guidance, support from other parents, and a variety of other benefits to consider applying for WIC.
From monthly checks for nutritious foods to in-depth professional assistance, there are many ways the NY WIC program helps Yates County families. Parents or children can apply for Yates County WIC and potentially receive life-changing benefits right away.
Texting is now available! Text us at (585) 481-8488!
WIC Penn Yan location- First Presbyterian Church
211 Main Street
1st Wednesday 1:30 – 7pm
3rd Thursday 9:45 – 3pm
Dundee WIC- Municipal parking lot behind 31 Main Street (Municipal Parking Lot)
Look for the WIC Mobile RV!
The RV does not go out during the winter months.
Call (585) 394-9240 or text (585) 481-8488 for more information!
By 2019, NYS WIC participants will purchase WIC foods using a card called eWIC. This will make shopping for WIC foods easier for WIC families.
What is an eWIC card?
An eWIC card is like a debit card. You can use your eWIC card to buy WIC-approved foods at WIC stores. Your local agency will add your family’s benefits to your eWIC account.
How does eWIC help WIC Families?
eWIC means a more convenient shopping experience. eWIC shoppers can expect:
- an easier check-out
- a more discreet transaction
- the freedom to spread out WIC purchases
How does eWIC help WIC Vendors?
Stores can expect:
- an easier checkout
- faster payment
- fewer checkout errors
When will eWIC come to my area?
You can expect to see eWIC in your area beginning in Fall 2018!
How do I get WIC benefits on my WIC account?
At your WIC appointment, WIC staff will add your benefits to your family’s eWIC account. You will get a list of your family’s WIC benefits for the next three months. The list will have start and end dates for your benefits.
Can I turn in my paper checks for an eWIC card?
At your first WIC appointment following the eWIC rollout in your region, you will be given an eWIC card. At that time, you should turn in any remaining paper checks. You will not be able to turn in your paper checks before that.
Who should I contact if I have trouble with my eWIC card?
- Talk to your local WIC agency staff
- Visit your store’s customer service desk
- Call eWIC Card Customer Service at 1-844-540-3013
- Visit www.WICconnect.com
Is my eWIC card reusable?
Yes. Keep your eWIC card and take it to all your appointments.
How will I use my eWIC card when I shop?
- Choose WIC foods using your WIC shopping list, benefit balance, Foods Guide, and WIC2Go.
- Pick a checkout lane that accepts WIC.
- Tell the cashier that you are using an eWIC card.
- Place your WIC items first, ahead of other foods.
- Swipe your eWIC card and enter your 4-digit PIN.
- Use another form of payment for non-WIC items.
- Keep the store receipt and eWIC card for your next WIC shopping trip.
The steps may vary from store to store.
What is WIC2Go?
WIC2Go is a mobile app for New York State WIC Participants. WIC2Go can help you:
- Check the dates and times of your WIC appointments
- Check your current month’s benefit balance and expiration date
- Scan items to see if they are WIC-approved
- Locate WIC clinics
- Locate WIC stores
How do I create an account on WIC2Go?
To create an account, you will need your eWIC card number, your date of birth, and your zip code.
Can I use WIC2Go without an eWIC account?
Yes. After downloading the app, individuals will be able to locate clinics, stores and resources. Participants with an eWIC account can scan items to see if they are WIC approved, check current month’s balance and expiration date, and view appointments.
The Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) provides checks to women, infants and children for the purchase of locally grown, fresh fruits and vegetables. Fresh fruits and vegetables can be purchased with checks at farmers' markets during the summer and fall. The program runs from June - November 30.
Importance of Fruits and Vegetables
Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in calories and provide essential nutrients and dietary fiber. They may also play a role in preventing certain chronic diseases. The Dietary Guidelines recommend filling half your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables at each meal.
Who Benefits from the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program?
FMNP checks enable WIC participants to obtain nutritious, fresh produce in addition to the foods WIC provides. In 2016, there were 600 farmers’ markets operating in New York State and nearly 1,000 farmers participating in the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.
In addition to distributing fresh vegetables and fruits, the FMNP provides nutrition education in a variety of settings.
The Authorized Markets and Farmers
Markets and farmers enrolled in the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program offer customers with $4.00 FMNP checks a place to spend their benefit for fresh, local, unprocessed fruits, vegetables and culinary herbs. Below is a list by county, of current farmers’ markets, farm stands and mobile markets enrolled in the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.
A list of NYS farmers’ markets by region can be found below.Farmers' Markets
Healthy Families Yates
Healthy Families Yates is a free, voluntary, and confidential home visiting program offering parenting support, prenatal and postnatal health education, child developmental information and assessments, and connects parents with additional resources that they may need or desire within the community.
SPCC WIC- Facebook page
Like/follow us on Facebook for recipes, breastfeeding and nutrition tips, events, announcements, and much more!Facebook page
For a variety of Resources in NYS dial 2-1-1 or visit 211helpline.org
Department of Social Services (DSS)
(315) 536-5183Exchange Marketplace
Social Security Admin.
Child Support Services
Call Department of Social Services in your County OR Legal Assistance of Western New York at (315) 781-1465
Single Mothers ResourcesWebsite
Child Health Plus
Growing Up Healthy Hotline
New York State Smokers Quit Line
Child Protective Services
Penn Yan: (315) 536-6856
Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Child and Family Resources
Substance Abuse Services
NY State HOPEline (provides help 24/7): (877) 846-7369
Finger Lakes Addictions & Counseling (FLACRA): (315) 536-7751
Prevention Education: (315) 789-0310
SPCC WIC Peer Counselor Program- sign up for a peer counselor at your next WIC appointment!
SPCC WIC Peer Counselor closed Facebook group- WIC Moms Talk BreastfeedingBreastfeeding Partners-WebsiteDepartment of Health-WebsiteBreastfeeding Resource ListMy Breastfeeding ChecklistHow to Clean Your Breast PumpWIC Breastfeeding Support
Dentist's Accepting MedicaidList
Yates County Food PantriesList of Food Pantries
First Presbyterian Church
211 Main St
Penn Yan, NY 14527
ph: (585) 394-9240
fx: (585) 394-9285
Mobile WIC clinic scheduled in Dundee, call for dates.