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Sharon Oliver-Murthy

Director

Address:

Suffolk County Department of Health Services
Patient Care Services
3500 Sunrise Highway, Suite 124
P.O. Box 9006
Great River, New York 11739-9006


(631) 853-3014
FAX: (631) 853-8349

Monday thru Friday 7:30am - 4:30pm

Our Mission

To safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk by providing breastfeeding support, information on healthy eating, nutritious foods to supplement diets, and referrals to health care.


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Suffolk County WIC (Women, Infants & Children)


Population Served

The WIC target population are low-income, nutritionally at risk:

  • Pregnant women (through pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after birth or after pregnancy ends).
  • Breastfeeding women (up to infant’s 1st birthday).
  • Non-breastfeeding, postpartum women (up to 6 months after the birth of an infant or after pregnancy ends).
  • Infants (up to 1st birthday).
  • Children up to their 5th birthday.
Benefits

The following benefits are provided to WIC participants:

  • Breastfeeding help and support.
  • Supplemental nutritious foods.
  • Nutrition education and counseling at WIC clinics.
  • Screening and referrals to other health, welfare and social services.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 are eligible. They must meet income guidelines, a state residency requirement, and be individually determined to be at "nutritional risk" by a health professional.

We offer support to anyone-working or not- who cares for a child, including; foster parents, grandparents, guardians and single fathers. A person or certain family members who participate in other benefits programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families automatically meet the income eligibility requirement. To be eligible on the basis of income, applicants' gross income (i.e. before taxes are withheld) must fall at or below 185 percent of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines.

 

 

Household Size Annual Monthly Twice-Monthly Bi-Weekly Weekly
1 $23,107 $1,926 $963 $889 $445
2 31,284 2,607 1,304 1,204 602
3 39,461 3,289 1,645 1,518 759
4 47,638 3,970 1,985 1,833 917
5 55,815 4,652 2,326 2,147 1,074
6 63,992 5,333 2,667 2,462 1,231
7 72,169 6,015 3,008 2,776 1,388
8 80,356 6,696 3,348 3,091 1,546
For Each Additional Member Add: +$8,177 +$682 +$341 +$315 +$158
WIC is an equal opportunity program.
If you believe you have been discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap, write immediately to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410. If you believe you have been discriminated against based on creed or political belief, contact New York State Department of Health, Director, Division of Nutrition, Bureau of Supplemental Food programs, 150 Broadway, 6th Floor, Albany, NY 12204-2719 or phone 1-800-522-5006. If you have any WIC complaints contact Suffolk County Dept. of Health Services WIC Program at 853-3014.

Call to schedule an appointment at one of our WIC Locations in Suffolk County.

We’re a network built for moms. We connect them, we educate them and we learn from them. Our community consists of nutritionists, lactation specialists and breastfeeding peer counselors.

Breastfeeding promotion and support is an important part of our WIC Program. We strongly encourage and provide support for breastfeeding, we recognize that breastfeeding is the best method of infant feeding and nurturing.

Our WIC agency has trained, bilingual breastfeeding peer counselors who provide basic breastfeeding information and support for WIC mothers. All of our peer counselors have had personal breastfeeding experience, and are likely a past or current WIC participant.

Currently within our agency, a number of Certified Lactation Counselors (CLCs), are on staff within our WIC clinics to provide valuable support to breastfeeding women.

Breastfeeding education is integrated into prenatal education for all pregnant WIC participants.

Breastfeeding mothers are eligible to participate in WIC longer than non-breastfeeding mothers. Mothers who exclusively breastfeed their infants receive an enhanced food package.

Breastfeeding mothers can receive breast pumps and breast shells to help support the initiation and continuation of breastfeeding.

We’re here to provide the information, tools, and support for moms and caregivers like you. Whether you need a sympathetic ear, free and healthy food, or a referral to outside care and social services, we’re proud to provide you with the tools you need to be the mom you want to be.

As part of the WIC community you can take advantage of any of the services we provide. Including:

Healthy Food

Food is only as good as the nutrients it provides. Through WIC moms get monthly benefits to buy these healthy foods: Foods with calcium for strong bones and teeth:

  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Soy beverages

Grains with iron for energy, and folic acid for healthy growth:

  • Cereal
  • Brown rice
  • Soft corn or whole wheat tortillas
  • Whole grain bread
  • Whole wheat pasta

Fruits and vegetables to keep your heart and weight healthy:

  • Fruit or vegetable juice
  • Fruits and vegetables fresh, frozen, or canned

Foods with protein for strong muscles and healthy skin:

  • Dried or canned beans, peas, lentils
  • Eggs
  • Peanut butter
  • Tofu

Iron-fortified foods for infants who need it:

  • Baby foods
  • Infant formula
  • Infant cereal

Additional foods for women who exclusively breastfeed:

  • Larger quantities of the foods listed above
  • Canned tuna or salmon
Nutrition Education

We support and educate moms to help them breastfeed successfully. We offer moms and caregivers guidance on how to shop for healthy food, how to prepare it and how to entice children to eat it. We provide access to information, including:

  • Prenatal nutrition
  • Breastfeeding tips
  • Eating tips for your child
  • Parenting tips
  • Healthy recipes
A Community of Support

We’re a network built for moms. We connect them, we educate them and we learn from them. Our community consists of nutritionists, lactation specialists and peers.

Referrals for Health Care

We can connect moms to resources outside of WIC, including healthcare professionals, immunization services, substance abuse counselors, domestic abuse counseling and social services.

The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program, established in 1992, provides additional coupons to WIC participants that they can use to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers' markets.

Two major types of nutritional risk are recognized for WIC eligibility:

  • Medically-based risks (designated as "high priority") such as anemia, underweight, maternal age, history of pregnancy complications, or poor pregnancy outcomes.
  • Diet-based risks such as inadequate dietary pattern.

Nutritional risk is determined by a health professional such as a physician, nutritionist, or nurse, and is based on Federal guidelines. This health screening is free to program applicants.

Call eWIC Card Customer Service at 1-844-540-3013, or visit www.WICconnect.com


Events

Global Latch on Event


Farmers' Market


Civil Rights

 
WIC Nondiscrimination Statement and Policy

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: www.ascr.usda.gov/
complaint_filing_cust.html
, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter 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: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email:  program.intake@usda.gov
 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For other complaints, contact:

(1) mail:
WIC Program Director
NYSDOH, Riverview Center
Room 650, 150 Broadway, Albany, NY 12204
; or
(2) phone: The Growing up Healthy Hotline at 1-800-522-5006; or
(3) email:  NYSWIC@HEALTH.NY.GOV

Suffolk County Government

H. Lee Dennison Bldg

100 Veterans Memorial Hwy
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Riverhead County Center

County Road 51
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