Governor Cuomo announced $658 million to support access to healthy and nutritious food for some of New York’s most vulnerable residents. The funds will be awarded to 92 health and wellness providers that administer New York State’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and drive an expansion of services where the need is greatest. These 92 providers support approximately 400 WIC clinics across the state, reaching nearly 500,000 New Yorkers every month.
“Providing the opportunity for all New Yorkers to have access to fresh, healthy and nutritious food is a top priority of this administration and essential to this state’s future health," Governor Cuomo said. “This funding not only ensures that these essential services will continue in communities across New York, but also expands them in order to reach more people in need.”
“New York State’s WIC program is vital to ensuring that families with young children have access to resources essential for leading healthy lives,” said New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. “With these funds, local contractors who provide these services will be able to strengthen their operations and expand their reach to help even more families.”
The WIC program provides resources to qualifying New Yorkers in need of nutrition assistance. The WIC program also helps to reduce obesity, health disparities and the risk for chronic disease among program participants by promoting positive health outcomes and breastfeeding. WIC currently provides services to approximately 110,000 income eligible pregnant, post-partum or breastfeeding women and approximately 360,000 infants and children up to five years of age each month. One goal of this new round of funding is to expand the reach of the program in underserved areas to provide services to 20,000 new participants. Ultimately, the aim is to serve at least 50 percent of the eligible population in each county.
This funding is administered over five years and is a combination of state and federal money. The grant awardees that will operate the state’s WIC clinics for the next five years are:
Total 5-year Award
Allegany County Department of Health
Anthony L. Jordan Health Center
Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center
Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center
Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center
Brooklyn Hospital Center
Broome County Health Department
Brownsville Community Development Corporation
Catholic Charities Brooklyn Neighborhood Services
Catholic Charities of Buffalo
Catholic Charities of Columbia & Greene Counties
Catholic Charities of Rockville Centre
Cattaraugus County Health Department
Cayuga County Health Department
Chemung County Health Department
Clinton County Health Department
Commission on Economic Opportunity for the Greater Capital Region
Community Action Program for Madison County, Inc.
Coney Island Hospital (NYCHHC)
Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Schenectady County
Cortland County Community Action Program, Inc.
Delaware Opportunities Inc.
East Harlem Council for Human Services, Inc.
East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center (NYCHHC)
East Side WIC Program (NYCHHC)
Elmhurst Hospital Center (NYCHHC)
Essex County Public Health
Fulmont Community Action Agency, Inc.
Gouverneur Hospital (NYCHHC)
Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service
Harlem Hospital (NYCHHC)
Hudson River Healthcare, Inc.
Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center
Kings County Hospital Center (NYCHHC)
Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center (NYCHHC)
Livingston County Department of Health
Long Island FQHC, Inc.
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Lutheran Medical Center
Maimonides Medical Center
Middletown Community Health Center
Monroe County Health Department
Montefiore Medical Center
Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital
Morris Heights Health Center
Morrisania Diagnostic and Treatment Center (NYCHHC)
Mt. Vernon Neighborhood Health Center, Inc.
Nassau County Department of Health
New York Presbyterian Medical Center
North Brooklyn Health Network (NYCHHC)
North Central Bronx Hospital (NYCHHC)
North Country Family Health Center
Oak Orchard WIC Program
Onondaga County Health Department
Open Door Family Medical Center
Opportunities for Chenango, Inc.
Opportunities for Otsego, Inc.
Opportunity Development Association of Williamsburg
Orange County Health Department
Oswego County Opportunities, Inc.
ProAction of Steuben & Yates, Inc.
Public Health Solutions
Putnam County Health Department
Queens Hospital Center (NYCHHC)
Research Foundation of SUNY Stony Brook
Richmond University Medical Center
Rockland County Health Department
Saratoga Economic Opportunity Council
Schoharie County Community Action Program
Society for the Protection and Care of Children
St. Barnabas Hospital
St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center
St. Regis Mohawk Services
Staten Island University Hospital
Suffolk County Department of Health Services
Sullivan County Public Health Services
The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center, Inc.
The Institute for Family Health
Tioga Opportunities Program, Inc.
Tompkins County Health Department
Ulster County Health Department
United Cerebral Palsy Association of the North Country, Inc.
Urban Health Plan, Inc.
Warren County Health Services
Washington County Public Health Services
Westchester County Department of Health
Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center, Inc.
William F. Ryan Community Health Center
Women's Health Center of Albany Medical College
Wyckoff Heights Medical Center
Yeled V'Yalda Early Childhood Center
Congressman Charles B. Rangel said, "There are many people in our City and State who rely on SNAP benefits as a lifeline. Sadly, too often, most are forced to opt for cheap, high-calorie meals that give the most bang for the buck, which can increase their chances for serious health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. I applaud Governor Cuomo for his efforts to make sure that everyone has access to food that is affordable and nutritious as well."
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter said, “When kids eat well, they grow up ready to take on the world. But every day in Rochester, far too many children are starting and ending their days hungry. Ensuring children have access to proper nutrition is the first step in preparing them to live healthy, productive lives. That’s why I won’t stop fighting to ensure that all New Yorkers, no matter their background, are able to provide healthy food for their families.”
Congressman Eliot Engel said, "Healthy living starts with a healthy diet, which is often far too expensive for many women and children living in New York. The measure of every great society is how well they treat their most vulnerable populations, which is why the WIC program is so vital to our state. The $658 million in grants Governor Cuomo has allocated to WIC—including $12,557,955 to Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital, $5,105,805 to Mt. Vernon Neighborhood Health Center, and $12,691,254 to the Westchester County Department of Health—will improve the health and nutrition of mothers and children across New York. I am pleased the Governor has made this commitment to New Yorkers’ health and well-being.”
Congressman Jerrold Nadler said, “The WIC program will help countless New York families with young children live healthier lives with better access to nutritional foods. With this new funding, hospitals, health centers, and community organizations across the state will now be better able to reach our most vulnerable residents. I commend Governor Cuomo and his administration for bringing this program forward and applaud the WIC program for their vital service in helping to improve the health and nutrition of New Yorkers.”
Congressman Steve Israel said, “I am pleased that this additional funding will help expand the critically important services that the WIC program provides to thousands of New York families. I look forward to continuing to work with our state and federal partners to ensure that New Yorkers have access to the resources they need to live longer, healthier lives.”
Congressman Paul Tonko said, "WIC is an essential program that benefits all of our communities by providing essential resources to our most vulnerable populations. I thank Governor Cuomo for supporting WIC clinics throughout New York State, helping them to reach out to even more underserved areas. I look forward to working with his office, along with the clinics in the Capital Region, to help implement these funds in a way that will provide life-changing nutritional benefits they would otherwise not receive."
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney said, “Nutrition programs like WIC are fundamental to success for both children and adults – hungry kids and their families face more challenges in school and the workforce. When these programs provide healthy and nutritious meals to families, everyone wins."
Congresswoman Kathleen Rice said, “Women and children deserve access to fresh, nutritious foods regardless of their income or any other factor. This funding will provide that access to more women and children on Long Island and ensure they have the resources they need to live healthy lives.”
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik said, “It is critical that our community’s neediest have access to healthy, nutritious food. These grants will go a long way to support North Country women and children and I commend Governor Cuomo for making this a priority.”
Congressman Lee Zeldin said, “There are too many Americans in search of basic essentials to survive. Today's announcement is a great example of the federal, state and local government working together to protect those most vulnerable and in need.”
For additional information on the WIC Program, including information on who qualifies for WIC benefits, visit: http://www.health.ny.gov/wic/.