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What is WIC?

WIC (Women, Infants and Children) is a federal nutrition program which provides food, participant-centered nutrition education and referrals for eligible pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and infants and children under 5 years old.

Catholic Charities WIC program serves approximately 20,000 participants each month in Erie and Niagara Counties.

Good nutrition is especially important to pregnant women, new mothers, infants and young children. This is when bones, bodies and minds are forming and growing. This is when you need extra food to stay healthy.

Your health is important but buying extra food may be hard. You may need help to strectch your food dollars.

How WIC Can Help

WIC is a health and nutrition program. WIC gives you some of the foods needed for good health. With WIC you can get monthly checks to use at grocery stores. You can buy more than milk, eggs, juice, cheese, cereal, peanut butter, beans and infant formula with WIC.  WIC now offers fruits and vegetables, whole grain bread and tortillas, brown rice, tofu, soy milk and baby foods.

WIC also supports breastfeeding women by providing breastfeeding support through our Peer Counselor Program. For more information, visit our Breastfeeding Support Services page!

With WIC you can get help with how to use WIC foods and information on other health and nutrition services.

You May Be Eligible

  • If you live in New York, AND
  • If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum, or 
  • Have an infant or child under five years of age, AND
  • If you are income eligible, or
  • Receive Medicaid, Public Assistance or Food Stamps (S.N.A.P.)

You can receive WIC even if you re not a legal resident; if you are not a U.S. Citizen; if you do not have a social security number;if you or other household members work; or if you are a foreign student (F-1 Visa).

Federal Income Guidelines, 2013-2014

Gross Income
Household Size   Annual     Monthly     Weekly  
1 21,257 1,772 409
2 28,694 2,392 552
3 36,131 3,011 695
4 43,568 3,631 838
5 51,005 4,251 981
6 58,442 4,871 1,124
7 66,879 5,490 1,267
8 73,316 6,110 1,140
For Each Additional Family Member Add: +7,437 +620 +144


When to Apply

  • As soon as you know you are pregnant or at any time during your pregnancy
  • If you have children under the age of 5

How to Apply

Call the site nearest you to set up an appointment - see the list of offices below for locations and directions.

Forms you may need for your WIC appointment: Click here

Information for health care providers: Click here

Community Agency and Medical Providers: If you are interested in learning more about the WIC program, having WIC present to your staff or clientle, having a table at your community event or obtaining written information regarding the program, please call the WIC Outreach Supervisor at 716-332-3304.
 
Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network: Another agency whose mission is to improve pregnancy outcomes and promote better health care for women and children. They can help link you to preventive and primary health care, social support and educational resources in Erie County. Visit them at www.bppn.org.

Breastfeeding Resources & Support

Report WIC Fraud: Click here


WIC Quarterly Newsletters

For more information: Call the Growing Up Healthy Hotline toll-free at (800) 522-5006 for more information for WIC participants, potentially eligible individuals or to find a location near you.

Not all of our locations are open every day. Please call ahead and make an appointment!

 

 


 

Genesee St. Office 930 Genesee St.
Buffalo,  NY 14211
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Telephone: (716) 597-0509

WIC Program (Salvation Army) 187 Grant St.
Buffalo,  NY 14213
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Telephone: (716) 332-3024

WIC Program Office (Blasdell) 54 Madison Avenue
Blasdell,  NY 14219
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Telephone: (716) 825-6898

WIC Program Office (Cheektowaga) 3527 Harlem Rd. Suite 8
Cheektowaga,  NY 14225
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Telephone: (716) 828-8600

WIC Program Office (Eagle St., Buffalo) 211 E. Eagle St.
Buffalo,  NY 14204
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Telephone: (716) 332-3304

WIC Program Office (East Aurora) 374 Main St. - St. Matthias Episcopal Church
East Aurora,  NY 14052
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Telephone: (716) 825-6898

WIC Program Office (Kenmore) 3370 Delaware Ave.
Kenmore,  NY 14217
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Telephone: (716) 874-9530

WIC Program Office (Lewiston) 5226 Walmore Rd.
Lewiston,  NY 14092
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Telephone: (716) 285-0975

WIC Program Office (Lockport) Bewley Bldg. Suite 200
Lockport,  NY 14094
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Telephone: (716) 439-4712

WIC Program Office (Niagara Falls) 237 Fourth St.
Niagara Falls,  NY 14303
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Telephone: (716) 285-0975
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