The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program helps women who are pregnant or have children up to five years old get healthy food, nutrition education, and health care referrals. Your income will determine if you are able to join the program.
Family nutrition and health education is given at every WIC appointment. Some of the topics include:
• Nutrition during pregnancy
• Your child’s nutrition
• Parenting tips
Peer counselors (moms who breastfed their babies) are available to help with breastfeeding through one-on-one meetings and group classes. There are also group discussions on topics like food safety, family activities, and budgeting.
Everything discussed in your WIC appointment is kept confidential.
Supplemental Food Help
The Women, Infants, and Children program helps you buy healthy foods, including:
• Fruits and vegetables
• 100% juice
• Cheese and yogurt
• Peanut butter
• Whole grains
• Baby food
• Infant formula
Vouchers for local farmer’s markets are also given for fruits and vegetables during the summer.
To apply for the program, call the HRHCare WIC office nearest you.
You can also visit wicstrong.com and look for HRHCare under Dutchess, Orange, and Westchester Counties.
HRHCare WIC Locations
Amenia – (845) 452-6478
3360 Route 343, Amenia, NY 12501
Beacon – (845) 831-7402
6 Henry Street, Beacon, NY 12508
Peekskill – (914) 734-8505
1037 Main Street, Peekskill, NY 10566
Poughkeepsie – (845) 452-6478
29 North Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Walden – (845) 452-6478
75 Orange Avenue, Walden, NY 12586
WIC has a variety of appointments, including:
Speak with a nutritionist about general nutrition and health concerns
Health & Nutrition Updates:
Growth will be monitored and at times, iron levels will be checked. These updates will include a discussion with a nutritionist
Certifications & Recertification:
Specific appointment where all of the above appointments are combined to check eligibility and enroll you into the program
Discuss nutrition and health related topics with other families
What to Bring
At your first appointment, be sure to bring:
• Proof of identity for each person applying
• Proof that you live in New York State
• Proof of income for each household member, or proof of Medicaid coverage or participation in the SNAP (food stamps) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families programs
• Immunization records for your child
• If you are pregnant, a confirmation of pregnancy from your health care provider with your baby’s due date
• Any WIC medical forms given to you by your health care provider