North Country Family Health Center

The Watertown, Evans Mills/Fort Drum, and Lowville WIC programs offer nutrition, health, breastfeeding and wellness support for qualifying women, infants, and children. If you’re struggling to pay for high-quality foods for yourself or your child, need help with nutrition counseling, or you’re searching for the right health and social services, the North Country Family Health Center can help. The program is for all local residents who meet the eligibility requirements, and is a powerful tool for your family.

If you’re a resident of the state of New York and you meet NY WIC eligibility criteria, you can receive the support you and your child need for a healthy start. Give yourself the gift of health and apply for WIC services either by clicking the ‘Start Your Application’ button above, or by calling or stopping by our Jefferson or Lewis County WIC offices. We look forward to helping you learn more about nutrition, breastfeeding, and other community resources.

Don’t let financial hardship get in the way of good health. The WIC program was created to help pregnant women, new mothers, and children access healthy and wholesome foods. Use your WIC benefits at any participating stores and stick with the nutritional guidelines to minimize nutritional risk.

During this time all Over-the Phone appointments will be conducted: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For after-hours requests you may contact 315-771-1035.

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WIC is open!

Due to the state of emergency of COVID-19 and in compliance with the Governor’s request for social distancing, WIC is not holding clinics for face to face appointments at this time. Staff are taking appointments and completing them over the phone. Based on our best information from New York State, we now expect these plans to be in place at least through April 30th.

Families in need can call our offices in either Jefferson County at (315) 782-9222 or Lewis County at (315) 376-6427

Mother & Baby Contact

To reduce risk of transmission of COVID-19 from the mother to the newborn, facilities should consider temporarily separating (i.e., separate rooms) the mother who has confirmed COVID-19 or is a Patient Under Investigation (PUI) from her baby until the mother’s transmission-based precautions are discontinued.

COVID-19 & Breastfeeding

During temporary separation, mothers who intend to breastfeed should be encouraged to express their breast milk to establish and maintain milk supply. If possible, a dedicated breast pump should be provided. Prior to expressing breast milk, mothers should practice hand hygiene. After each pumping session, all parts that come into contact with breast milk should be thoroughly washed and the entire pump should be appropriately disinfected per the manufacturer’s instructions. This expressed breast milk should be fed to the newborn by a healthy caregiver.

If a mother and newborn do room in and the mother wishes to feed at the breast, she should put on a face mask and practice hand hygiene before each feeding.

"While breastfeeding may not seem the right choice for every parent, it is the best choice for every baby"

Breastfeeding is the best start you can give your baby and WIC is here to help you meet your breastfeeding goals.  We have Certified Lactation Counselors and Breastfeeding Peer Counselors available to share information, and offer support and guidance along your breastfeeding journey.

Find a M.I.L.K Breastfeeding Play Date Near You!

Watertown

Where: Watertown  Flower  Memorial  Library 
When: Every Wednesday
Time: 10:00 am – Noon!

Fort Drum

Where: Adirondack Creek Community Center 
When: Every Friday 
Time: 10:00 am – Noon!

Lowville 

Where: Lewis County General Hospital
(Residential Healthcare Family Room)
When: Second Wednesday of the month
Time: 10:00 am – Noon!

Carthage 

Where: West Carthage Fire Hall
When: Third Wednesday of the month
Time: 10:00 am – Noon!

Call or Text a Peer Counselors Anytime!

Lewis County

Kelli

(315)804-1723

Jefferson County

Sheena

(315) 836-6341

 Ellen

 (315) 836-5464

Shyannne

(315) 955-4148

Office Locations

Watertown
238 Arsenal St.
Watertown, NY 13601
ph: 315-782-9222
Lowville
7785 N. State Street
Lowville, NY 13367
ph: 315-376-6427
LeRay Medical Center
26908 Independence Way
2nd Floor
Evans Mills, NY 13637
ph: 315-782-9222