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Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program

Struggling to find formula?  

Formula is difficult to find right now due to shipping and supply chain issues. Formula is still being produced and transported to stores, and the current shortage is temporary.  

Recalled Formulas:

A number of formulas were recalled by their manufacturer earlier this year. Check the lot code on any formula that you already have to make sure it was not a part of the Abbott Nutrition recall of specific lots of Similac, Alimentum and Elecare powdered formulas. If your formula was not a part of the recall, it is safe to use. Please discard any formula that is expired and be sure to follow the formula manufacturer's preparation and storage instructions.  

If you need help finding formula, please do the following:

  • Ask your child’s healthcare provider these questions
    • Do they have samples available.
    • Can they suggest nutritionally similar formulas that may be more readily available. If another brand is available and recommended, consider switching. 
  • Check at smaller stores, pharmacies, or drugstores. Call before you go. If supplies are limited, ask a pharmacist when more might be available.
  • Look online. Only order from well-recognized distributors and pharmacies. Do not buy formula online from unknown social media sites, online auctions, or overseas.
  • Do not use toddler formula to feed infants.
  • Watering down formula or trying to make infant formula at home is not advised. Homemade formulas may not be safe and may not meet your baby's nutritional needs. 
  • Be community-minded and do not hoard formula. 

Contact us or prescreen with Wanda, the Department's chatbot, to see if your family is eligible for WIC benefits and for assistance finding formulas. 

What is WIC?  

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, and referrals to community services to women who are pregnant and post-partum, and their children under five years of age. Breastfeeding support is available.

Contact Us

New families in need, caretakers interested in WIC, anyone looking for more info, please contact us in the following ways:

During COVID-19, all WIC appointments are on the phone

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to maintain physical distancing, Tompkins County WIC is not holding office appointments. All appointments are by phone.

  • Hours: 8:30-4:30. Please see calendars for evening and extended hours.
  • Call 607-274-6630, or text 607-882-6286.

Families that already have appointments scheduled, a staff person will call you on the day of your scheduled appointment.

Appointments will continue to be by phone until further notice.

Federal WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines

If your annual gross (before tax) income is at or below the amount listed for your family size, then you may qualify for WIC assistance. Effective June 1, 2021.

Household Size Annual Income Monthly Income Twice-Monthly Bi-Weekly Weekly
1 $23,828 $1,986 $993 $917 $459
2 $32,227 $2,686 $1,343 $1,240 $620
3 $40,626 $3,386 $1,693 $1,563 $782
4 $49,025 $4,086 $2,043 $1,886 $943
5 $57,424 $4,786 $2,393 $2,209 $1,105
6 $65,823 $5,486 $2,743 $2,532 $1,266
7 $74,222 $6,186 $3,093 $2,855 $1,428
8 $82,621 $6,886 $3,443 $3,178 $1,589
Each add’l member, add
+  $ 8,399 +  $ 700 +  $ 350 +  $ 324 +  $ 162

This Institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Source: USDA Food & Nutrition Service

Clinic Schedules:

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  May 2022  |  June 2022  |  July 2022

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  May 2022  |  June 2022  |  July 2022

Clinic Site Addresses

Clinic Site Address
Salvation Army Worship & Service Center, Ithaca 150 N. Albany Street (Map)
Downtown Ithaca
Newfield United Methodist Church 227 Main Street (Map)
Groton: TC Action Child Care Center 110 Sykes Street (Map)
Jacksonville Community United Methodist Church 1869 Trumansburg Road (Rt. 96) (Map)
Tompkins County Health Department 55 Brown Rd. (near the Airport) (Map)

Approved WIC Vendors in Tompkins County

There are 11 WIC Vendors in Tompkins County:

  • Byrne Dairy, 323 Elmira Rd., Ithaca
  • Lansing Market, North Triphammer Rd., Lansing
  • P&C Fresh Market, Pine Tree Rd., Ithaca
  • Shur-Save, Rt. 96, Trumansburg
  • Tops, North Triphammer Rd., Ithaca
  • Tops, South Meadow St., Ithaca
  • Walmart, Fairgrounds Memorial Pkwy, Ithaca
  • Wegmans, South Meadow St., Ithaca

FOR information about how a WIC vendor is approved, visit

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WIC info available on the NYS Web Site

In its ongoing effort to provide informationvia the Web, the New York State WIC Program has posted new materials that will benefit participants in the WIC Program.


New WIC Participant Handbook: Click Here

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement: Click Here

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