WHAT IS WIC?
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) offers nutrition education, breastfeeding support, referrals and a variety of nutritious foods to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum women, infants and children up to age five to promote and support good health.
WIC improves the health of pregnant women, new mothers and their infants and children. The foods provided through WIC are a good source of nutrients often missing from the diets of women and young children. WIC participants have longer, healthier pregnancies and fewer premature births. WIC also provides referrals to health care providers, social service programs (such as SNAP, Medicaid, TANF, among others), and community organizations.
Jamaica Hospital has been a WIC Provider since 1980 and has over the years consistently and successfully grown from an initial caseload of 50 to over 8,000 participants enrolled on a yearly basis.
Jamaica Hospital’s WIC Program offers a variety of services including:
Nutritional Education – Our staff of trained nutritionists help educate our patients on making healthy food choices to promote improved overall health.
Supplemental Foods – We provide supplemental foods for healthy food options as well as infant formula.
Breastfeeding Support – Peer counseling and individualized lactation consults.Prenatal/Breastfeeding support groups.
Healthy Lifestyle – We encourage participants to be more physically active by engaging in our “Fit WIC” initiatives. We provide food demonstrations and promote lifestyle changes to decrease obesity.
Referrals – To health care providers, social service programs, and community organizations.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE
To qualify for WIC, individuals must meet categorical, residential, and financial requirements.
- Categorical – Applicants for the NYS WIC Program must be:
- A pregnant woman
- An infant or child up to 5 years old
- A mother of an infant up to 6 months old (Non-breastfeeding)
- A breastfeeding mother with an infant up to 12 months old.
- Residential – Applicants must be a resident of New York State.
- Financial – Applicants must meet income eligibility guidelines (see table in this link for most up to date income guidelines: https://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/nutrition/wic/income_guidelines.htm ) or receive Medicaid, SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps), or TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).
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JHMC WIC OFFICES/APPLYING FOR WIC
If you meet the criteria above and would like to apply to our program or schedule an appointment, please send us an email to WIC@jhmc.org with your full name and phone number we can contact you back. For your convenience we have also added the contact information for each of Jamaica Hospital’s WIC office locations.
- Jamaica Hospital Main Campus
- Address: 134-20 Jamaica Ave. 3rd Floor, Richmond Hill, NY 11418
- 718-206-8600 (tel)718-206-8622 (fax)
- MediSys East NY Family Care Center
- Address: 3080 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11208
- 718-647-0240 (tel)718-348-0294 (fax)
- Flushing Hospital Medical Center
- MediSys Hollis Family Care Center
- Address: Physical location temporarily closed, for appointments contact: WIC@jhmc.org
HOURS OF OPERATION
- Jamaica Hospital:
- Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays – 7:30am to 5:30pm.
- Wednesdays – 7:30am to 6:30pm.
- Two Saturdays a Month – 8:00am to 2:30pm.
- MediSys East NY:
- Mondays through Fridays – 8:30am to 5:00pm
- Two Saturdays a Month – 8:00am -2:30pm.
- Flushing Hospital:
- Mondays through Fridays – 8:30am – 5:00pm.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For more information: https://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/nutrition/wic/docs/usda_non-discrimination_statement.pdf