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Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program


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:

  • Call our office phone @ 607-274-6630 – If no answer, please leave a message
  • Text us @ 607-882-6286

Meet our team here!


Apply for WIC

Click here to apply for WIC online

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Meet Wanda, the NYS Department of Health’s new 24/7 WIC virtual assistant.

Click here to chat with Wanda. She will help you find out if your family is eligible for WIC benefits.



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, 2023 to June 30, 2024.

Household Size Annual Income Monthly Income Twice-Monthly Bi-Weekly Weekly
1 $26,973 $2,248 $1,124 $1,038 $519
2 $36,482 $3,041 $1,521 $1,404 $702
3 $45,991 $3,833 $1,917 $1,769 $885
4 $55,500 $4,625 $2,313 $2,135 $1,068
5 $65,009 $5,418 $2,709 $2,501 $1,251
6 $74,518 $6,210 $3,105 $2,867 $1,434
7 $84,027 $7,003 $3,502 $3,232 $1,616
8 $93,536 $7,795 $3,898 $3,598 $1,799
Each add’l member:
+ $9,509 + $793 + $397 + $366 + $183

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


Clinics

The Tompkins County WIC program is open for both in-person or remote (via phone) appointments. In-person appointments are at the Whole Health office at 55 Brown Road, Ithaca.

Note: As of August 9, 2023, the agency will return to scheduling clinics at temporary site locations.


WIC Clinic Schedule Calendars:

Open calendars as an image: 
December 2023
January 2024   |   February 2024   |   March 2024

Open calendars as a PDF:
December 2023
January 2024   |   February 2024   |   March 2024



WIC Clinic Site Addresses

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

 
Approved WIC Stores in Tompkins County

Select stores are registered with NYS WIC to accept the eWIC benefits card. For a current list of those stores use the Find a WIC Store page on the NYS WIC Vendors website and search by your location, ZIP Code, or address.


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Meet Our WIC Team

WIC Team in August 2023, photo by Shannon Alvord

Michelle Hall. Photo: sinkowphotography.com Michelle Hall, (she/her) BS
WIC Program Director

Michelle joined Tompkins County Health Department WIC Program in November 2016.  Michelle has worked in the New York State WIC program for the past 25 years.  Michelle has a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from Syracuse University and started her journey in the WIC program as a Nutritionist in the Northern Finger Lakes area. Over the past year Michelle co-lead one of the cross-functional teams-integration; this experience was rewarding, as she enjoyed the opportunity to work with other staff in the organization.   Michelle enjoys learning about different cultures and eager to travel the world someday.  Michelle is a mother of two teenagers and a stepmother of two additional teens.  In Michelle’s free time she enjoys camping, traveling, music and spending time with friends/family.

Cindy Mallary. Photo: sinkowphotography.com Cindy Mallary, (she/her) MS, RDN, CLC
WIC Program Nutritionist

Cindy has a BS in Nutrition from Syracuse University and an MS in Clinical Nutrition from Cornell University.  She has been working at the Tompkins County WIC Program as a nutritionist for 35 years.  She has also been the Breastfeeding Coordinator for several years, working with the breastfeeding peer counseling program and the breast pump program.  She has been a Certified Lactation Counselor since 2001.  She has always been interested in how nutrition and breastfeeding can influence our health.  She loves working for WIC, as she enjoys getting to know so many great people in our diverse community.  In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, cross country skiing and playing music with friends.

Kelsey Fitch. Photo: sinkowphotography.com Kelsey Fitch, (she/her) RDN, MPH, CLC
WIC Program Nutritionist

Kelsie is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Lactation Counselor who joined the Tompkins County WIC team in 2018 as a WIC Nutritionist. In addition to her Nutritionist duties, she also works as the Nutrition Coordinator, conducts public health detailing with the local health care providers, and runs the WIC social media accounts.  Kelsie graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor's degree in Nutritional Sciences and a minor in Biochemistry, followed by a Dietetic Internship through Syracuse University. As of May 2022, she completed her Maters in Public Health with an emphasis in Maternal Child Health. Kelsie is passionate about maternal and child nutrition and is especially interested in aiding mothers through their breastfeeding journey.

Molly Snedden. Molly Snedden, (she/her) BS
WIC Nutrition Educator, Outreach Coordinator

Molly joined Tompkins County WIC in 2022.  She has a BS in Environmental Science from Binghamton University and a BS in Human Nutrition from UMass Amherst. Molly has been working in child nutrition for over 15 years as a School Food Service Director and most recently at Cortland County WIC. She enjoys connecting with caregivers to offer support and education around the challenges and joys of feeding young children. She is currently working on her Certified Lactation Consultant credential to better support our breastfeeding families. Molly grew up in Tompkins County and is loving raising her own young family here in the beauty of upstate New York.

Veronica Peters. Photo: sinkowphotography.com Veronica Peters, (she/her) 
WIC Clerk

"I have been a previous Participant of WIC. I absolutely loved how helpful everyone was, especially with my breastfeeding journey!" Veronica has lived in Tompkins County her whole life and was the first person in her family to go to college straight out of high school. She knew from the start that she wanted to help people, but did not know what that was going to look like until she became a mother. Now the mom of a very energetic boy, motherhood was life changing, and the WIC staff really helped Veronica navigate and adjust. Now she wants to do the same for current and future WIC participants. Outside of work, Veronica enjoys camping and spending valuable time with her family.

Megan Jefferson. Photo: Provided Megan Jefferson, (she/her) 
Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Megan joined the Tompkins County Whole Health WIC Program in August 2023. She received her associate degree in liberal arts from SUNY Broome and worked in the healthcare field as an EMT, clerk, and medical assistant. She always wanted to have more of an impact on mothers and children, which led her here to WIC. She enjoys helping breastfeeding moms and being a resource for families in her community. She has 4 young children of her own, which keeps her very busy and she loves taking them on new adventures.

Christine Knight Christine Knight, BA, MS
Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Christine joined WIC as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor in May 2022. She has a BA in Cultural Anthropology and an MS in Medical Anthropology. She is particularly interested in how people interact with the world, and with each other. Christine has 4 children and breastfed each of them with varying degrees of success. Through those years she experienced both the wonder and awe of breastfeeding, as well as its heartbreaks.  Three of her children are still in elementary school, while their older brother studies film at Hunter College in NYC.  Christine has lived in Tompkins County for over 20 years and is thrilled to be raising her family here. Christine will never get used to how loud her children are, and although she adores them, in her ’free time’ she enjoys silence..

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USDA Nondiscrimination Statement (NDS) and NYS WIC Complaint Information

(May 2022)

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online (fillable PDF form), or from any USDA office, or by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation.

The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

For other complaints or to request a Fair Hearing contact:
  1. mail:
    WIC Program Director
    NYSDOH, Riverview Center
    150 Broadway, 6th Floor
    Albany, NY 12204
  2. phone:
    (518) 402-7093; fax (518) 402-7348; or
  3. email:
    NYSWIC@HEALTH.NY.GOV


Get a PDF version of this NDS here.


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Quick Links for Participants

Contact Tompkins County WIC

 
NYS WIC Foods & Formula Page (Main F&F page)

 
Shopping with eWIC

eWIC FAQ (web page)