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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 Until June 1, 2023.

Household Size Annual Income Monthly Income Twice-Monthly Bi-Weekly Weekly
1 $25,142 $2,096 $1,048 $967 $484
2 $33,874 $2,823 $1,412 $1,303 $652
3 $42,606 $3,551 $1,776 $1,639 $820
4 $51,338 $4,279 $2,140 $1,975 $988
5 $60,070 $5,006 $2,503 $2,311 $1,156
6 $68,802 $5,734 $2,867 $2,647 $1,324
7 $77,534 $6,462 $3,231 $2,983 $1,492
8 $86,266 $7,189 $3,595 $3,318 $1,659
Each add’l member:
+ $8,732 + $728 + $364 + $336 + $168

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


Clinic Schedules:

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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)
Newfield
Groton: TC Action Child Care Center 110 Sykes Street (Map)
Groton
Jacksonville Community United Methodist Church 1869 Trumansburg Road (Rt. 96) (Map)
Jacksonville
Tompkins County Health Department 55 Brown Rd. (near the Airport) (Map)
Ithaca

 
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 NYSWICvendors.com


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WIC Strong Campaign

WICStrong.com was created in cooperation with the New York State Department of Health and 14 New York-based county agencies administering WIC benefits to their respective counties. This site was designed to assist the public in understanding the WIC program and benefits in a user-friendly manner. Click here to apply for WIC!

WIC Strong TV Commercial


WIC info available on the NYS website

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement: Click Here


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USDA Nondiscrimination Statement 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, from any USDA office, 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


Download a PDF version of this NDS here.


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