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.
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 10,000 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 Food Vouchers – We provide vouchers for healthy food options as well as infant formula.
Breast Feeding Support – Lactation Consultants are available for educational consultations and hands on help.
Healthy Lifestyle – We encourage all our participants to be more physically active by participating in our “Fit WIC” initiatives regularly scheduled throughout the year and open to all. We provide food demonstrations and promote lifestyle changes to combat obesity.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE
To qualify for WIC, individuals must meet categorical, residential, and financial requirements.
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
- A breastfeeding mother with an infant up to 12 months old.
Applicants must be a resident of New York State.
Applicants must meet income eligibility guidelines (see table below effective through June 30, 2015 ) or receive Medicaid, SNAP (Food Stamps), or TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).
|For each additional member, add:||+$7,696||+$642||+$321||+$296||+$148|
For more information click on the following link: http://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/nutrition/wic/
JHMC WIC OFFICES
Below is the contact information for each of Jamaica Hospital’s WIC office locations. If you meet the criteria and would like to make an appointment, please contact the location that is most convenient for you.
Jamaica Hospital Main Campus 718-206-8600 (tel) 718-206-8622 (fax)
MediSys East NY Family Care Center 718-647-0240 (tel) 718-348-0294 (fax)
MediSys Hollis Family Care Center 718-479-0873 (tel) 718-740-4870 (fax)
Flushing Hospital Medical Center 718-670-5277 (tel) 718-670-5270 (fax)