WIC Program

Available in:

Chenango

The goal of our WIC Program is to help families, women, and children in our community acquire good nutrition through financial services, education and support so they can live healthy lives and thrive in our Chenango County community.

What is it?

The Federal Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides nutritious foods to pregnant, postpartum and breast feeding women and children up to age 5.

In addition to providing food benefits at your local grocery store, WIC also participates in the New York State Farmers' Market program each summer to provide fresh fruits and produce.

WIC services are available at five locations throughout Chenango County. Norwich is the largest location, providing evening clinics every Thursday night and one Saturday each month. WIC employees travel to Greene, New Berlin, Sherburne and Bainbridge in order to reach all eligible families within the county. WIC participates in all local health fairs and community events in order to increase interest and participation in the WIC program.

Who is it for?

Pregnant, postpartum and breast feeding women and children up to age 5 who need financial assistance in getting nutritious foods. Eligibility is based on income and a family of 4 may earn up to $48,470 annually and receive WIC benefits.

How does this benefit you?

  • Receive food benefits redeemable at the local grocery store for milk, bread, cheese, yogurt, eggs, peanut butter, brown rice, beans, juice and cereal
  • Infants may receive formula, jars of baby food, and cereal
  • Families receive nutrition education and referrals to other resources within the community
  • Assistance and follow-up interaction for breast feeding mothers
  • Enjoy fresh produce and fruits when you receive checks to be cashed at local Farmers' Markets
  • Learn how to prepare fresh produce at the WIC office

Additional Benefits

In addition to food services, WIC encourages breast feeding and two WIC employees are Certified Lactation Counselors who provide instruction and follow-up to 300 WIC participants each month. Additional WIC foods (tuna fish, eggs, peanut butter and milk) are provided for breast feeding mothers. Each month 70% of all postpartum women receiving WIC benefits are breast feeding.

The Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program provides two moms with breast feeding experience from the community who are committed to supporting others who choose to breast feed. Their own experiences allow them to connect with and assist WIC moms in a way that health professionals cannot. They build a sense of trust and rapport with the WIC families that they interact with.

Contact Information

For information and/or an application, please contact Greater Opportunities at 607-334-7114.

 

WIC Sites

Norwich

Greater Opportunities, Inc.

44 West Main St. Norwich

Monday, Tuesday (except 4th Tuesday)and

Friday: 8am-4pm

Thursday: 11am - 7pm

One Saturday each month: 9am - 1pm

(607) 336-4324

 

Greene

First Wednesday of the Month

First Congregational Church

28 N. Chenango St. Greene

9am - 3pm (Open through lunch hour)

(607) 656-4923

 

New Berlin

Second Wednesday of the Month

Methodist Church

51 S. Main St. New Berlin

9am - 3pm (Open through lunch hour)

(607) 847-6350

 

Sherburne

Third Wednesday of the Month

Methodist Church

11 Chapel St. Sherburne

9am - 3pm (Open through lunch hour)

(607) 674-4119

 

Bainbridge

Fourth Tuesday of the Month

First Presbyterian Church

3 Church Street. Bainbridge

9am - 3pm (Open through lunch hour)

(607) 967-8021

WIC Program Resources