Food Access and Programs

WIC: Changes under COVID-19

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Summary

There are no changes to WIC eligibility requirements.

Applicants and participants can visit a WIC clinic, if they are well and their WIC clinic is open, click here for locations (call to confirm they are open).

All appointments, including applications and recertifications may be completed over the phone with the clinic.

WIC cards for new participants can be mailed or offered as a “drive up” option.

New York State WIC is not suspending any WIC cards. Scams informing families that cards are being suspended are not true. Additional details can be found here.

Temporary Increase in WIC Fruit and Vegetable Voucher

Under the American Rescue Plan the value of the nutrition program’s fruit and vegetable benefit had been temporarily increased.

New York State implemented the increase June 1, 2021. The temporary increase was previously set to expire on March 31, 2022, but it was extended through September 30, 2022. There are no further extensions.

For details, please go to https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/policy-memo-2022-2-extending-temporary-increase-cash-value-voucher-benefit

For more information about WIC, visit https://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/nutrition/wic/.

New York State residents can find out if they are eligible for WIC by going to https://www.signupwic.com.