Is your family struggling to buy groceries? Do you often have nutrition questions and don’t know who to ask? Even if you qualify for food stamps and are receiving them currently, you and your family may be able to receive WIC benefits as well. You may be eligible if you are pregnant, or have an infant or child under age 5. WIC food packages range from $60-$100 monthly. The WIC program is near your neighborhood and can provide your family with nutritious foods and healthy lifestyle tips.
The WIC program provides checks for foods such as milk, cheese, fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods that can give your family nutrients they need. New York State Farmers Market checks are issued every summer to allow families to buy locally grown produce in addition to their regular monthly foods. Educational topics vary at every appointment. When meeting with families, WIC staff welcomes parents to ask questions and share ideas.
Some topics discussed at WIC are:
– Smart shopping tips
– Healthy eating for pregnancy
– Healthy cooking and recipes
– Breast feeding/Infant Feeding/Child Nutrition
– Children’s growth and pregnancy weight gain
– Dental health
– Physical activity
– Referrals to Food Stamps/Medicaid/Healthy Families etc.
It is easy to apply for WIC and many working families qualify. If you think you may qualify, please call 435-3304 and we will be happy to assist you. For your convenience, your appointment can be scheduled at a clinic nearest you. Don’t delay, call today!
Daniella Palermo, originally from Bronx, NY, is currently a third year medical student at SUNY Upstate Medical University. She is the co-founder and current president of SUNY Upstate’s Latino Medical Student Association, a national organization whose mission is to educate and advocate for the health needs of the Latino community. LMSA members, including herself, are looking forward to continuing to contribute to CNY Latino and raising awareness regarding the many health issues affecting the Latinos of Central NY and beyond.