WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) is a short-term food assistance program that provides nutritious foods, breastfeeding support, nutrition counseling, health education, and health care referrals to pregnant women, infants, and children up to age 5.
Qualifying for benefits will depend on the family’s income and household size. To see if you qualify fill out the pre-screening tool on the NYC HRA site. Keep in mind that U.S. Citizenship is not necessary.
How to Apply
Guide to apply for WIC | Spanish guide to apply for WIC
At your WIC appointment, you will receive an eWIC card that will work like a debit card. The WIC staff will add your benefits to your family’s eWIC account and you will get a list of your family’s WIC benefits for the next three months. This list will have a start and end dates for your benefits.
Types of Food & Shopping at the Supermarket
— Read the WIC Approved Foods and Products List to learn about the types of foods you can choose at WIC approved market sites. Also, feel free to check out this WIC Approved Foods Card.
— Baby formula is covered by WIC. See what brands can be purchased with WIC at health.ny.gov/prevention/nutrition/wic/approved_formulas.htm.
To learn more about how to use your eWIC card, watch the “Shopping with eWIC” video. For other questions, access the FAQ file here.
HRA centers locations (centers have consolidated due to COVID-19)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal nutrition program that helps families, the elderly, and the disabled afford fresh and healthy food. SNAP provides a debit card that you can use at many groceries and farmers markets.
Guide to apply for SNAP | Spanish guide to apply for SNAP.
To learn how to upload documents in the HRA portal, please watch the video “HRA SNAP”. To see the list of approved foods and products you have access to with SNAP visit USA gov.
Also, it is important to know that the SNAP cash benefit varies per family. For households with net income, the monthly SNAP benefit will equal the maximum benefit for that household size minus the household’s expected contribution of 30 percent of its net income. Families who have no net income will receive the monthly maximum benefit. To learn, see the handout about SNAP Eligibility and Maximum Benefit.
hungerfreeamerica.org/en-us/nyc | hungerfreeamerica.org/es/nyc
English (646) 355-1475 | Spanish (347) 599-1510
Mandarin/Cantonese (646) 935-3513 | Russian (332) 600-5425
938 Sheridan Ave Bronx, NY 10451 (open to the public again)
Hunger Free America (HFA) NYC helps connect people directly with resources to solve food insecurity, while also advocating for policies and programs needed to end domestic hunger.
Low-income New Yorkers.
HFA NYC assist low-income families in obtaining aid from public assistance programs like SNAP and WIC and connect families nationwide with private food resources. Programs are:
Benefit Access: Helps provide NYC residents with access to SNAP and WIC benefits
NYC Neighborhood Guides to Food & Assistance: The guide contains comprehensive information about where to go in your neighborhood for food help.
Food Action Board Program: They work with community members to develop their leadership, advocacy, and community organizing skills.
COVID-19 Outreach: HFA conducts outreach to deliver information regarding vital food resources and the COVID-19 vaccine to ensure the health and safety of the NYC community.
How to apply
— To schedule an appointment with a Benefit Access team member, call 646-355-1475 to set up a free, confidential consultation.
— In this consultation, the agent will go over income eligibility requirements for SNAP and WIC, check to see if you qualify, and help gather the proper forms and information for the application.
— If a Benefit Access Specialist does not pick up, leave a message with your name, number, and the reason for your call.
Visit the Hunger Free America NYC location in-person at 938 Sheridan Ave Bronx, NY 10451.
To find free food resources near you, call the USDA National Hunger Hotline at 866-3-HUNGRY (866-348-6479) or visit their online database for food pantries and soup kitchens near you. To download their neighborhood guide for food and assistance free of charge, visit this link.
Updated on May 5, 2022