Allegany County Department of Health

From monthly eWIC benefits (yes those paper WIC checks are gone!) for 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, and Fillmore. WIC 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 families, single parent households, foster families, and others having a tough time making ends meet. In addition to healthy foods WIC provides nutritional counseling and breastfeeding support. Learn more today!

Farmers Market Season is just around the corner! The Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) starts on June 1st, 2019 and will run till November 30th, 2019. Be sure to ask your WIC staff about picking up some coupon booklets at your next WIC appointment after June 1st!

FYI: Farmers Market booklets will stop being handed out on September 30th, but the coupons will be good till November 30th.

Call or Apply Today!

If you believe you may qualify for WIC services and want to get started please call our office at (585) 593-2533 or 1 (800) 394-1942 or fill out an application by clicking the link below and someone will reach out to you as soon as possible. If we are unable to answer your phone call due to being with other clients please leave a voice message. The phone messages are checked multiple times a day and are returned within one business day or sooner excluding weekends.

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WIC Clinic Hours

Hours listed may be subject to change in light of poor weather conditions and holidays. Please call the office to confirm clinic schedules.

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

WIC Main Office Site

Call us at: (585) 593-2533 or 1 (800) 394-1942

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

Peer Counseling

Peer counseling is a service offered by WIC that helps support mothers to reach their breastfeeding goals. The Allegany County Department of Health WIC program currently has two peer counselors available. The Peer Counselors are overseen by the Breastfeeding Coordinator who is an internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

These qualified, professional women will help you from the beginning of your pregnancy all the way through the time you decide to stop breastfeeding. We encourage all of our eligible participants to take advantage of this additional support whether you are a new mother or an experienced breastfeeding mother. Generally how the program works is that once a month your assigned Peer Counselor will check in with you during your pregnancy to see how you are doing and answer any questions you may have as your pregnancy develops. Once the baby arrives, your peer counselor will be available to provide you with face-to-face breastfeeding support, refer you for additional help if
needed, and come visit you in the hospital after delivery if you wish. Although breastfeeding is a very natural process, it does not mean that it is always easy. You may run into roadblocks such as; issues with latch, uncomfortable feeding, or perhaps concerns over milk production or supply. If you do experience a breastfeeding roadblock, you will have a qualified and knowledgeable person available any time to provide support and additional resources if needed.

With few exceptions, most moms are capable of producing enough breastmilk to successfully breastfeed their baby. Whether or not you choose to breastfeed is a personal decision that only you can make. No matter how you choose to feed your baby whether with breastmilk or a breastmilk substitute our WIC staff stands ready to support and encourage you with goal of growing stronger, healthier families in our community.

Meet Our Peer Counselors

Theresa Carl

Theresa Carl has been a peer counselor with the Allegany County Department of Health WIC Program for 11 years. She has helped and encouraged many moms through their breastfeeding journey. Theresa is an experienced professional who has completed extensive breastfeeding training. Theresa provides not only her knowledge and expertise, but a warm and inviting personality that will set you at ease.

 

 

 

Paige Lounsberry

Hi Everyone! My name is Paige Lounsberry. I have 3.5 years of personal breastfeeding experience and I also come to WIC as a Certified La Leche League Leader. I moved to Allegany County from Anchorage, Alaska, where I led 4  breastfeeding support group meetings every month in 3 different cities. I am passionate about breastfeeding support, but I pride myself in being able to meet families where they are and supporting their individual goals, whatever they may be. Families can call me with any lactation related questions whether they would like to wean, breastfeed to 2 months, or pump exclusively. I’m also available nights and weekends, so parents can ask breastfeeding related questions even after WIC business hours!

In this section you will find links to resources concerning common nutrition concerns and issues, as well as the playlist to the left which covers a range of nutritional topics shared in a quick video format. To navigate the videos in the playlist simply click on the “list” icon which is located in the upper left corner of the player viewing space. This will allow you quickly choose videos that are of interest to you.

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Acceptable Foods Card

Find the Right Store for Your Needs!

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General Information

The playlist below is made up of several short videos about common topics related to children, parenting, and families. If you would like to access the video list please click the list button in the upper left hand corner of the video that looks like the icon below.

WIC2GO

If you are viewing our website from an iPhone or Android device and want to download our WIC2GO app please just tap on the picture of the appropriate app store to access the proper download page.

WIC2GO - How to get it.

Other Helpful Apps for Moms and Families

Mobile Applications

Moving?

If you are moving within New York State and need to take your WIC services with you simple click the link below and search for the nearest location to where you will be living. After calling and setting up an appointment with your new local agency they will contact us and request your electronic file which we will then transfer to your new WIC agency’s location. All it takes is a phone call, let us take care of the rest.

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Local Clinical Providers

Family Doctors, Mental Health Providers, OB/GYNs, Pediatricians, and Pediatric Dentists

 

What to Bring

Healthy Cooking

Here at WIC we have the mission of helping our community raise healthier families. Part of that help comes in the form of your month food package. We would be amiss though to ignore the other parts of the food equation, mainly: preparation and cooking! In this section of our website you will find a variety healthy recipes, cooking tips, how-tos, food safety information, and a glossary of common cooking terms.

Bon Appetit!

Cooking How-Tos

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To navigate the videos in the playlist simply click on the “list” icon which is located in the upper left corner of the player viewing space. This will allow you quickly choose videos that are of interest to you.

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How To: Common Cooking Terms and Processes

Cooking Glossary:

Blanch: (verb) briefly immerse (an item of food) in boiling water, especially as a technique for removing the skin from nuts or fruit or for preparing vegetables for further cooking. Once blanched the foods are often then plunged into cold water to stop the cooking process.

Braise: (verb) fry (food) lightly and then stew it slowly in a closed container.

Broil: (verb) cook (meat or fish) by exposure to direct, intense radiant heat

Chop: (verb) Cutting foods into approximately bite sized pieces. (if calling for roughly chopped then slightly bigger, finely chopped – then slightly smaller than bite size.)

Cube: (verb) cut into small cubes approximately 1/2in. in size.

Mince: (verb) Cut as finely as possible.

Roast: (verb) cook (food, especially meat) by prolonged exposure to heat in an oven or over a fire.

Saute’: (verb) fried quickly in a little hot fat

Scald: (verb) heat (milk or other liquid) to near boiling point.

Sear: (verb) brown (food) quickly at a high temperature so that it will retain its juices in subsequent cooking.

Simmer: (verb) (of water or food) stay just below the boiling point while being heated. Only small bubbles should rise to the surface while cooking.

Zest: (noun) a piece of the peel of a citrus fruit (such as an orange or lemon) used as flavoring. (verb) scrape off the outer colored part of the peel of (a piece of citrus fruit) for use as flavoring

Quick Reference:

Below is a list of internal temperatures (for various kinds of meats) that are considered safe for consumption. These temperatures need to be measures using a food thermometer. The thermometer should be placed so that the end of the thermometer (or probe) rest in the middle of the thickest part of the meat. Be sure to avoid any bones that may be in the meat as having the thermometer make direct contact with the bone will throw off the measurement.

When laying out your meal it is recommended that you try to model the MyPlate shown below to ensure that you get a balanced and varied diet.

 

WIC Clinic Calendar

Office Locations

Wellsville
112 Park Ave.
Wellsville, NY 14895
ph: (585) 593-2533
fx: (585) 593-0392
Alfred Station
Seventh Day Baptist Church (bldg. next to church)
587 Rte. 244
Alfred Station, NY 14803
ph: (585) 593-2533
Belfast
United Methodist Church
4 Chapel St.
Belfast, NY 14711
ph: (585) 593-2533
Angelica
United Methodist Church
25 Park Circle
Angelica, NY 14709
ph: (585) 593-2533
Bolivar
Bolivar Fire Hall
460 Main St.
Bolivar, NY 14715
ph: (585) 593-2533
Canaseraga
Town Hall
10 Main St.
Canaseraga, NY 14822
ph: (585) 593-2533
Cuba
First Baptist Church
17 South St.
Cuba, NY 14727
ph: (585) 593-2533
Fillmore
Wesleyan Church
20 E. Main St.
Fillmore, NY 14735
ph: (585) 593-2533
Friendship
Methodist Church
21 W. Main St.
Friendship, Ny 14739
ph: (585) 593-2533