Pregnant women and new mothers may wonder about the Ithaca, NY WIC program. If you struggle to provide yourself or your child with nutrient-dense foods, you may qualify for this nutrition-focused program. The Tompkins County WIC agency offers pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, caretakers, and children younger than five with access to nutritious foods and support for proper childhood development. Avoid pregnancy complications and give your child the nutrition he or she needs with our WIC services for Ithaca, NY.
When you finish the application process for the Tompkins County WIC program, our administrators will walk you through how WIC works and show you how to use your WIC benefits. We want to give you the tools you need to make informed decisions about your health and your child’s well-being. Come to the office or contact us today for more information.
Clinic Hours and Operations
See our COVID-19 page for clinic updates
Struggling to find formula?
We recognize that this is a stressful time for many families. Although formulas are difficult to find right now due to shipping and supply chain issues, formula is still being produced and transported to stores. The current formula shortage is temporary, resulting from a number of recalled formulas earlier this year that changed the demand for other formula types.
Recalled formulas: Check the lot code on any formula that you already have to make sure it was not a part of the Abbott Nutrition recall of specific lots of Similac, Alimentum and Elecare powdered formulas. If your formula was not a part of the recall, it is safe to use. Please discard any formula that is expired and be sure to follow the formula manufacturer’s preparation and storage instructions.
Tips for Finding Formula
1. Call your infant’s healthcare provider to see if they have samples available. They can also suggest nutritionally similar formulas that may be more readily available in stores.
2. Families can visit the New York State vendor website to locate WIC approved stores (use the “find a WIC store” tab).
3. Save yourself a trip out and call the store ahead of time to see if the formula you need is available or when their next shipment is expected.
4. If you don’t see it on the shelf, ask a staff person if formula is kept anywhere else in the store, such as up front or at a customer service desk.
5. If you are currently using the formula in powder form, look for the concentrate or ready to use formulas. Call your local WIC agency to change your food package.
6. Contact WIC: our staff can work with you to develop a plan. You do not need to face this challenge alone.
7. The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly advises against making homemade formula using other beverages in its place. Although recipes for homemade formulas circulating on the internet may seem healthy or less expensive, they may not be safe and may not meet your baby’s nutritional needs.
8. Look online for options available but be sure to only order from well-recognized distributors and pharmacies. Do not buy formula online from people you don’t know on social media sites, online auctions, or from overseas.
WIC is still 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 completing appointments over the phone.
USDA maintains the current guidance that all new and currently approved WIC waivers (which includes our physical presence and remote issuance waivers) will be active until 90 days after the end of the nationally declared public health emergency. That allows for approved WIC waivers to likely continue through at least August, 2022.
Families in need can call our office phone @ 607-274-6630 or our cell phone 607-351-9501.
COVID-19 and Breastfeeding
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.
During temporary separation, mothers who intend to breastfeed should be encouraged to express their breastmilk 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 facemask and practice hand hygiene before each feeding.
Click the links below for more information:
Do we know how long COVID-19 can live on fresh fruits and vegetables?
Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that handling food or consuming food is associated with COVID-19.
Coronaviruses, like the one that causes COVID-19, are thought to spread mostly person-to-person through respiratory droplets when someone coughs, sneezes, or talks. It is possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object, including food or food packaging, that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. However, this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
After shopping, handling food packages, or before preparing or eating food, it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Remember, it is always important to follow good food safety practices to reduce the risk of illness from common foodborne pathogens.
For more details on proper produce washing, watch our video.
– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
COVID Resources for Families
Our new eWIC Features Make Shopping Easier Than Ever!
The new eWIC card is here, no more paper checks!
Everyone in the household’s benefits will start and end on the same day.
No more WIC ID cards, you just need your eWIC card and your PIN number
Download the WIC2GO App
WIC Vendors in Tompkins County
Tops, North Triphammer Rd., Ithaca. Now accepting eWIC at self checkout lanes!
Tops, South Meadow St., Ithaca. Now accepting eWIC at self checkout lanes!
Walmart, Fairgrounds Memorial Pkwy., Ithaca. Now accepting eWIC at self checkout lanes!
P&C Fresh Market, Pine Tree Rd., Ithaca
Sure Save, Rt. 13. Dryden, NY.
Shur-Save, Rt. 96, Trumansburg
Wegmans, South Meadow St., Ithaca
Byrne Dairy (new location), Elmira Rd., Ithaca
No Longer Accepting WIC: Dryden Food Market, North St., Dryden
Prenatal and Postpartum Support
Pre & Post Partum Resources
Have you tried all the different positions while breastfeeding?
“Try all the positions until you and your baby are comfortable. If you are struggling to find the right hold for you and your baby, contact your WIC and breastfeeding peer counselors”.
Watch this video for more info: https://youtu.be/z4ikF_NwjEU
Please click for more info: https://wicbreastfeeding.fns.usda.gov/5-breastfeeding-holds-try
How about another video from Global Health Media Project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y–syZR0u1E
Weekly Breastfeeding Group
|Interested in talking with other moms about breastfeeding or your pregnancy? Tompkins County WIC is holding a virtual MOMS group via Zoom.
Join us Thursdays from 3:00- 3:30Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77412610821?pwd=clFodmxDcU9nNldyQTF5VFprK2ViZz09Meeting ID: 774 1261 0821
Easy Cheesy Enchiladas
- 2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup salsa
- 1 ½ cups corn (fresh or frozen, or a 15-ounce can drained and rinsed)
- ½ cup chopped mild green chiles (4-ounce can)
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder or 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 ½ cups shredded cheese
- 8 whole wheat flour tortillas (10-inches) or 12 corn tortillas (6-inches)
- 1 can (15 ounces) enchilada sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil or spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
- Mix beans, salsa, corn, chiles, garlic and half of the cheese together in a bowl.
- Warm each tortilla in a dry skillet and stack them on a plate.
- Spoon about 1/2 cup of the bean mixture onto each tortilla.
- Roll the tortilla and place seam-side down in the baking dish.
- Pour enchilada sauce over the tortillas and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until hot.
- Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours
- Substitute black beans or kidney beans for the pinto beans.
- Cook your own dry beans. One can (15 ounces) is about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups drained beans.
- Try substituting cooked chicken or turkey for beans.
- Topping ideas: hot sauce, avocado, black olives, green onion, lettuce, radishes, or low-fat plain yogurt or sour cream.
This recipe was found on Foodhero.org
Baked Apple Chips
- 2 large apples
- Cinnamon (optional)
- Rinse apples and cut crosswise into thin slices. Cut out the core if desired.
- Arrange slices in a single layer on baking sheets. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon if desired.
- Bake at 200 degrees F for about 1 hour. Turn slices over. Continue baking until dry with no moisture in the center, 1 hour or more depending on thickness.
- Remove from oven and cool. Store in an air-tight container for up to a year.
This recipe was found on Foodhero.org
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
Did you know?
Your Tompkins County WIC Nutritionists are Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. Ask us today how we can help you improve your diet.
WIC Supports a Healthy Diet
Making healthy food choices before, during and after pregnancy can help prevent non-hereditary heart problems such as; high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. It can also help prevent some pregnancy related conditions such as preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. Starting these healthy habits now can benefit you and your children in the future.
Heart healthy diet: Foods in a heart healthy diet contain fiber, potassium and unsaturated fats. They are low in saturated fats, trans fats, sodium and added sugars. See below for a list of common heart healthy foods.
- Fruits and vegetables
- Whole grains
- Low-fat or fat free dairy
- Skinless poultry and fish
- Unsalted nuts and legumes
- Non-tropical vegetable oils
WIC Supports a Heart healthy Diet:
WIC provides the following foods on your food package that are part of a balanced, heart healthy diet.
- Whole grain foods, like whole wheat bread, pasta and tortillas, brown rice, corn tortillas, oats, bulgur, whole-grain barley and some cereals
- Dry legumes, like beans, peas and lentils
- Canned beans, low sodium or no added salt
- Fresh, frozen and dried fruits and vegetables
- Low sodium canned vegetables
- Canned fruit packed in water or 100% juice
- Low-fat and non-fat milk and yogurt
- Fortified soy-based beverage
- Canned fish
For more information check out the USDA website. https://wicworks.fns.usda.gov/resources/eye-nutrition-heart-healthy-diet#What%20Foods%20in%20WIC%20Food%20Packages%20are%20Heart%20Healthy?
Did you know?
We know food safety is important to you, click here for more information about how to ensure the safety of your baby’s food.
Michelle Hall, WIC Coordinator
“There is a lot to love getting to know the families in Tompkins County. I love working with families, providing support and encouragement to build a healthy future.”
Background: “I am a mom of two, started working in the WIC Program in 1996. I graduated from Syracuse University with a passion for Nutrition. After becoming a mom, I realized it was important to work in a job where I could continue supporting other mothers, fathers, or caregivers. Raising children isn’t easy, it takes a village. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with the families in the WIC program and with my colleagues.”
Fun facts: “My kids and I love camping in the Adirondacks. I like to play cards. I’m the first person in my family to go to college and complete my degree.”
Lingli Ma, WIC Clerk
“I am a new mom. I had no place to go when I needed help during my pregnancy and postpartum. I found the people working in the WIC program are very knowledgeable and helpful. Now as a WIC support staff. I am really happy I am able to help other moms.”
Background: “I have family in both USA and China.”
Fun facts: “My husband and I recently adopted a wild cat. We used to feed her mom and her siblings but she is the only one that survived and allowed us to get close to her. I am bilingual. I speak both English and Mandarin Chinese.”
Cindy Mallery, MS, RDN, CLC, Breastfeeding Coordinator, WIC Nutritionist
“I have always been interested in how nutrition and breastfeeding can influence our health. I love working for WIC as I enjoy getting to know so many great people in our diverse community.”
Background: “I have a BS in nutrition from Syracuse University and an MS in clinical nutrition from Cornell University. I started working for WIC 1986, when I was a young mother, and I was also a WIC participant.”
Fun facts: “I enjoy hiking, biking, cross country skiing and playing music with my friends.”
Kelsie Fitch, RDN, Nutrition Coordinator, WIC Nutritionist
“I love building bonds with my WIC participants while I help them improve their health through nutrition and breastfeeding.”
Background: “I received my bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences from the University of Arizona, completed my dietetic internship through Syracuse University, and soon will have my masters in maternal and child public health from the University of Minnesota.”
Fun facts: “I have a twin brother and have run 4 half marathons”
Cecilia Hagen-Revelins, RDN, Outreach Coordinator, WIC Nutritionist
“I love nutrition! It is amazing how what we eat can affect our mood, energy and health. I learn more every day by being part of a team who provides breastfeeding support and nutrition information to Women, Infants and Children.”
Background: “Recently I had a baby. Being a mom has taught me so much and I am still learning as I go! In addition to the “mom experience”, I received my Bachelors degree in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell and completed my Dietetics Internship there as well.”
Fun Fact: “I love hiking, camping and gardening. I even make my own tea with herbs from my herb garden.”
Sierra Hulbert, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor
“Raising children takes a village, and motherhood can be extremely overwhelming and exhausting at the same time. WIC is a tool that will help support you through the transition into motherhood, and up until your child is 5!”
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