The Schenectady County WIC program is run by Schenectady County Public Health Services with Cornell Cooperative Extension educators providing nutrition and breastfeeding education.

What is the WIC Program?

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) offers nutrition education, breastfeeding support, referrals and access to 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.

How does it work?

An appointment is scheduled at the WIC office located at 650 Franklin Street. At the appointment you will be screened for eligibility for the program. You will meet with a nutrition educator for nutrition education focused on your needs and concerns. You will leave with vouchers for WIC-approved foods and/or infant formula.

How can you benefit from participating?

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.

WIC’s mission is to partner with you and your family, providing:

  • Breastfeeding promotion and support
  • Healthy lifestyle promotion and support
  • Individualized food packages
  • Nutrition education focused on your needs and concerns
  • Convenient hours, locations and services
  • Referrals to other community agencies

The money you save on food by participating in the WIC Program can be used to pay for other necessities for you and your family.

What are the Volunteer Opportunities in the Program?

Volunteer opportunities are available in the WIC Program ranging from clerical work assistance, Healthy Lifestyle and Farmer’s Market initiatives promotion and support.

Last updated April 2, 2018