In Steuben County, head over to ProAction Steuben & Yates Inc. to learn more about eligibility for NY WIC services. Offering Bath WIC services and serving other communities in the area, the program focuses on helping pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and children under the age of five. If you or someone you know currently struggles to purchase nutritious and health-supporting foods, let them know about this free financial aid program in the state of New York. Some of the most common questions we see about WIC services at ProAction Steuben & Yates Inc. include:
- If I receive food stamps, Medicaid, or another form of government assistance, will I qualify for NY WIC in Steuben County? Yes, if you receive other forms of financial assistance, you will likely qualify for WIC.
- Does the state limit WIC approved purchases? Yes, you must purchase eligible goods at participating retailers to receive the benefits.
- Does the program offer more than financial aid? In addition to WIC checks, our participants can take advantage of breastfeeding support, nutrition counseling, health care referral support and other services at no cost.
Your family will now be able to receive $20.00 per WIC participant in checks for use at Farmer’s markets around the state. Spend some quality time with your family at places like The Wind Mill, Corning Centerway Market and Ithaca Farmer’s Market.
After the overwhelming response to the program we would like to pass on some tips to you.
1.)Anyone can cash these checks for you and your family, as long as the produce will be used by you. No WIC ID card, or proxies needed.
2.) Use all of your benefits, or consider declining the farmer’s market checks. The funding will be less each year that issued checks aren’t cashed at farmer’s markets.
3.) Make sure you check the list of markets included with your checks– you have many options as to where they are cashed, including The Windmill. We have new markets accepting checks each year.
Please call the main office for an appointment- Walk in's are welcome, but may not be served until scheduled participants are seen
Addison Community Center
113 Community Drive
Addison, NY 14801
Held the first Tuesday each month from 9am-3:30pm
Bath Centenary Methodist Church
3 West Washington Blvd.
Bath, NY 14810
Held 2nd Thursday & 3rd Tuesday of each month from 9am-3:30pm and Bath evening clinics are held every 4th Monday from 12pm-6:30pm
Campbell Methodist Church
8516 Main St.
Campbell, NY 14821
Held every 3rd Thursday from 9am-3:30pm
Canisteo Methodist Church
37 Greenwood St.
Canisteo, NY 14823
Held every 4th Thursday from 9am-3:30pm
Corning Grace United Methodist Church
191 Bridge St.
Corning, NY 14830
Held the 1st Thursday, 3rd Wednesday, and 4th Tuesday from 9am-3:30pm
Evening hours are available the 2nd Wednesday each month from 12:30pm-6:30pm
New Life Church - Hornell
342 Seneca Rd.
Hornell, NY 14843
Held the 1st Wednesday, 2nd & 3rd Mondays from 9am-3:30pm
Wayland Methodist Church
3 East Ave.
Wayland, NY 14572
Held every 2nd Tuesday from 9am-3:30pm
Lisa Cogswell-WIC program Director, CDN, CLC
Kristin Stone-Breastfeeding Coordinator, CPA, CLC
Elizabeth Telehaney-CPA, CLC
Rachael Horvath- Nutrition Coordinator, Qualified Nutritionist, CLC
Shelly Cagle-NSA Coordinator, CLC
Susan McInroy- WIC Administrative Assistant
Virginia Paige-WIC Receptionist, and NSA
Paulette Adams- Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Coordinator
Tamara VanGorder-Breastfeeding Peer Counselor
WIC is Transitioning to eWIC Benefits Card!
eWIC EBT cards are coming to the WIC program in October 2018. Look for updates at your appointment, on FaceBook, and here on WICStrong.
ProAction WIC will be CLOSED October 15th- 19th to transition to the NYWIC operating system and train staff. We will not be able to receive calls, make any changes to your food package, take office appointments, or provide checks for missed appointments.
We will reopen Monday October 22nd to take limited appointments for new participants coming on the WIC program, new babies, and emergency appointments. Each week following the shut down we will be able to accommodate more participant appointments. Please call us for more information about availability of appointments in October and early November. Watch the above video for more details about the EBT card.
Hornell Healthy Kid's Day
Saturday May 19th, Pro Action WIC Nutritionists help set up and run the Hornell Community Healthy Kid’s Day event sponsored by Oak Orchard Health, and Hornell YMCA. Nutritionists Brandi Burch and Cahlan Dewey ran a booth for WIC highlighting physical activity and healthy food choices.
Eat Well on $4.00 a Day!
WIC is one of the first lines of defense against hunger for the pregnant women, mothers, infants and children enrolled. Our goal is to give food packages that will support healthy pregnancies, and healthy families. The nutritionists at WIC also want to equip you to eat well by giving recipe ideas that will encourage your kids to try new things, maintain a healthy weight, and learn to enjoy food as they grow. Below you’ll find a cookbook designed by Leanne Brown, who used the SNAP guidelines to put her recipes together. Families, students, elderly, and single parents are just a few of the people we hope will benefit from this cookbook.
“I designed these recipes to fit the budgets of people living on SNAP, the
US program that used to be called food stamps. If you’re on SNAP, you
already know that the benefit formulas are complicated, but the rule of
thumb is that you end up with $4 per person, per day to spend on food.”
-Leanne Brown, Author of Good And Cheap- Eat Well on $4/ Day
Your Frequently Asked Questions Answered Here!
Q: What do I need to bring to my first WIC appointment?
A: If you’re able to call and ask, great! If not, please bring proof of:
- Identity: Driver’s licence, birth certificate, passport, sheriff’s ID, non-driver ID to name a few
- Residency: A piece of mail with your name and current address on it received within the last 30 days- junk mail counts
- Income: All income received within the last 30 days (social security disability, child support, pay stubs from wages)
- The child who will be coming on the program, or prenatal mom
Q: How will I know who needs to come to the appointment?
A: The folder you receive at WIC that holds your checks will have an appointment sticker on the back. Anyone listed by name will need to be at the next appointment.
Q: Are dads or grandparents able to use WIC?
A: Absolutely! We encourage caregivers with custody of the children to apply for them. The benefits will follow the child if custody is shared. Call for more details.
Q: What happens if I forget to bring my child or a document to my appointment?
A: Depending on the appointment or documents missing, we may need to reschedule so that you can start or continue receiving WIC benefits. Please give us a call to find out more.