Tompkins County WIC Program

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.

Trivia Tuesday


Test your peanut knowledge on National Peanut Day!

Peanuts are one of the richest dietary sources of which vitamin?

A) Biotin

B) Iron

C) Vitamin D

D) Zinc

Answer: A-  Peanuts are one of the richest dietary sources of biotin (which is important during pregnancy). Peanuts are also great sources of plant protein and healthy fats. For more information about the health benefits of peanuts check out the link below


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.

Temporary WIC Allowable Formulas

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 December, 2022.

Families in need can call our office phone @ 607-274-6630


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:

COVID-19 Vaccine and Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and COVID-19

Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and COVID-19 (Spanish)

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding COVID-19 FAQ CDC

COVID 19 Vaccination

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

Click here to check your card benefits online


Download the WIC2GO App

WIC Vendors in Tompkins County

Tops, North Triphammer Rd., Ithaca.

Walmart, Fairgrounds Memorial Pkwy., Ithaca.

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

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:

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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 ID: 774 1261 0821
Password: WICmamas

Almond Rice Pudding


  • 3 cups almond milk 
  • 1 cup uncooked white or brown ric3
  • 1⁄4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon almond extract
  • cinnamon to taste
  • 1⁄4 cup toasted almonds (optional)


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Combine almond milk and rice in a 2 to 3 quart saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes with the lid on until rice is soft.
  4. Add sugar, vanilla, almond extract and cinnamon. Stir and serve warm.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours


  • Add your favorite berries to the top for some color and a yummy taste!

  • Add an extra cup of almond milk for a creamier texture.

  • No almond milk? Use non-fat or 1% milk

This recipe was found on

Asparagus Mushroom Melt


  • 4 English muffins
  • ¼ cup finely minced onion
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vegetable oil
  • ½ pound asparagus, trimmed and sliced crosswise into 1/2 inch rounds
  • ½ teaspoon ground thyme, oregano or basil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vinegar (any type)
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • ¾ cup (3 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Toast muffin halves and place on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté onion and mushrooms in oil, stirring often, until just beginning to brown.
  4. Add asparagus, thyme and vinegar. Sauté, stirring often, until asparagus is barely tender. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  5. Divide the vegetable mixture equally onto the muffin halves. Top each muffin with shredded cheese.
  6. Broil muffins until the cheese melts. Watch carefully to avoid burning.
  7. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hour

This recipe was found on

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

Additional Recipes

Your Tompkins County WIC Nutritionists are Registered Dietitian Nutritionists? Ask us today how we can help you improve your diet.

During National Food Safety and Education Month, we’re here to remind you about the additional fruits and vegetables benefit available to families!

The extra dollar amounts include:

$24 for children 1 to 5 years old

$43 for pregnant and postpartum individuals

$47 for breastfeeding individuals

Malnutrition Awareness

Did you know that there are currently about 200 million children showing signs of malnutrition worldwide?  Malnutrition is caused by not getting the correct amounts of vitamins, minerals, and or energy. Many families who can’t afford nutritious foods like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables increase their risk of malnutrition, but WIC is here to help! To learn more about how the WIC program and nutritionists can help you and your family stay nourished contact us at 607-274-6630 or apply on line at

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.”

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”

Christine Knight, MS, WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

As a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, I love the opportunity to talk with, and provide support to, pregnant and breastfeeding moms in my community. I was a WIC participant 20 years ago when I was a new mom, and it feels great to be a part of this amazing program and team of people now.

I have a BA in Cultural Anthropology and an MS in Biomedical Anthropology from Binghamton. I am a mom of four wild children, ranging in age from 5-20.

I love road trips, camping (ok, maybe glamping), sitting by a campfire, taking walks, riding my bike, snuggling my kids, catching up with my girlfriends, meditating, and coloring.

Office Locations

Tompkins County Health Department
55 Brown Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
ph: 607-274-6630
Salvation Army WIC Clinic – Tompkins County
150 N. Albany Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
ph: 607-274-6630
Donna Jewett Center – Tompkins County
110 Sykes Street
Groton, NY 13073
ph: 607-274-6630
Newfield United Methodist Church – Tompkins County
227 Main Street
Newfield, NY 14867
ph: 607-274-6630
Jacksonville Community United Methodist Church – Tompkins County
1869 Trumansburg Road (Rt. 96)
Jacksonville, NY 14886
ph: 607-274-6630