Tompkins County WIC Program

Pregnant women and new mothers may wonder about the Ithaca, NY WIC program. If you struggle to provide yourself or your child with nutrient-dense foods, you may qualify for this nutrition-focused program. The Tompkins County WIC agency offers pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, caretakers, and children younger than five with access to nutritious foods and support for proper childhood development. Avoid pregnancy complications and give your child the nutrition he or she needs with our WIC services for Ithaca, NY.

When you finish the application process for the Tompkins County WIC program, our administrators will walk you through how WIC works and show you how to use your WIC benefits. We want to give you the tools you need to make informed decisions about your health and your child’s well-being. Come to the office or contact us today for more information.


What vegetable did the Irish carve in the 1800s?

Answer : Turnips

Clinic Hours and Operations

See our COVID-19 page for clinic updates

WIC is still open!

Due to the state of emergency of COVID-19 and in compliance with the Governor’s request for social distancing,  WIC is not holding clinics for face to face appointments at this time. Staff are completing appointments over the phone. Based on our best information from New York State and Tompkins County Administrator, we now expect these plans to be in place at least through December 31st.

Families in need can call our office phone @ 607-274-6630 or our cell phone 607-351-9501.


COVID-19 and Breastfeeding

Mother & Baby Contact

To reduce risk of transmission of COVID-19 from the mother to the newborn, facilities should consider temporarily separating (i.e., separate rooms) the mother who has confirmed COVID-19 or is a Patient Under Investigation (PUI) from her baby until the mother’s transmission-based precautions are discontinued.



During temporary separation, mothers who intend to breastfeed should be encouraged to express their breastmilk to establish and maintain milk supply. If possible, a dedicated breast pump should be provided. Prior to expressing breast milk, mothers should practice hand hygiene. After each pumping session, all parts that come into contact with breast milk should be thoroughly washed and the entire pump should be appropriately disinfected per the manufacturer’s instructions. This expressed breast milk should be fed to the newborn by a healthy caregiver.


If a mother and newborn do room in and the mother wishes to feed at the breast, she should put on a facemask and practice hand hygiene before each feeding.

Click the links below for more information:

Breastfeeding and COVID-19

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding COVID-19 FAQ CDC


Do we know how long COVID-19 can live on fresh fruits and vegetables?

While it is possible for the coronavirus to survive on some surfaces, there is currently no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 can be transmitted through food or food packaging. It is believed that the virus spreads from person-to-person through close contact or respiratory droplets.

Proper food safety practices should always be implemented while preparing foods. This includes frequently washing hands with soap and water and washing surfaces and utensils with hot soapy water after each use.

Fruits and vegetables, even if their peel will not be eaten, should be rinsed under running water and dried with a clean cloth or paper towel. It is recommended that firm produce, such as melons or cucumbers, be scrubbed with a clean produce brush. Soap, bleach or commercial cleaning products should never be used when washing fresh produce.

For more details on proper produce washing, watch our video.

– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Our new eWIC Features Make Shopping Easier Than Ever!

The new eWIC card is here, no more paper checks!

Everyone in the household’s benefits will start and end on the same day.

No more WIC ID cards, you just need your eWIC card and your PIN number


Download the WIC2GO App

Click here for more information

WIC Vendors in Tompkins County

Byrne Dairy, North Meadow St., Ithaca

Dryden Food Market, North St., Dryden

Lansing Market, North Triphammer Rd., Lansing

P&C Fresh Market, Pine Tree Rd., Ithaca

Shur-Save, Rt. 96, Trumansburg

Target, Catherwood Rd., Ithaca

Tops, North Triphammer Rd., Ithaca

Tops, South Meadow St., Ithaca

Walmart, Fairgrounds Memorial Pkwy., Ithaca

Wegmans, South Meadow St., Ithaca

Have you tried all the different positions while breastfeeding?


“Try all the positions until you and your baby are comfortable. If you are struggling to find the right hold for you and your baby, contact your WIC and breastfeeding peer counselors”.

 Watch this video for more info:

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Weekly Breastfeeding Group

Interested in talking with other moms about breastfeeding or your pregnancy? Tompkins County WIC is holding a virtual MOMS group via Zoom.
Join us Thursdays from 3:00- 3:30Join Zoom Meeting ID: 774 1261 0821
Password: WICmamas

Autumn Squash Bisque with Ginger


  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 2 cups sliced onions
  • 2 pounds winter squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 2-inch cubes (4 generous cups)
  • 2 pears, peeled, cored, and diced, or 1 can (15 ounces) sliced pears, drained and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 Tablespoons coarsely chopped, peeled fresh ginger, or 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon thyme
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth (see notes)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1⁄2 cup plain nonfat yogurt


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add onions and cook, stirring constantly until softened, 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Add squash, pears, garlic, ginger and thyme; cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  4. Add broth and water; bring to a simmer.
  5. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until squash is tender, 35-45 minutes.
  6. Puree soup, in batches if necessary, in a blender. (If using a blender, follow manufacturer’s directions for pureeing hot liquids.)
  7. Return soup to pot and heat through. Stir in lemon juice.
  8. Garnish each serving with a spoonful of yogurt.
  9. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


  • Broth can be canned or made using bouillon. For each cup of broth use 1 cup very hot water and 1 teaspoon or 1 cube bouillon
  • Freeze extra lemon juice to use later

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Baked Apple Chips


  • 2 large apples
  • Cinnamon (optional)


  1. Rinse apples and cut crosswise into thin slices. Cut out the core if desired.
  2. Arrange slices in a single layer on baking sheets. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon if desired.
  3. Bake at 200 degrees F for about 1 hour. Turn slices over. Continue baking until dry with no moisture in the center, 1 hour or more depending on thickness.
  4. Remove from oven and cool. Store in an air-tight container for up to a year.

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Eat Well on $4.00 a Day!

WIC is one of the first lines of defense against hunger for the pregnant women, mothers, infants and children enrolled. Our goal is to give food packages that will support healthy pregnancies, and healthy  families. The nutritionists at WIC also want to equip you to eat well by giving recipe ideas that will encourage your kids to try new things, maintain a healthy weight, and learn to enjoy food as they grow. Below you’ll find a cookbook designed by Leanne Brown, who used the SNAP guidelines to put her recipes together. Families, students, elderly, and single parents are just a few of the people we hope will benefit from this cookbook.


“I designed these recipes to fit the budgets of people living on SNAP, the
US program that used to be called food stamps. If you’re on SNAP, you
already know that the benefit formulas are complicated, but the rule of
thumb is that you end up with $4 per person, per day to spend on food.”

-Leanne Brown, Author of Good And Cheap- Eat Well on $4/ Day

Additional Recipes

Office Locations

Tompkins County Health Department
55 Brown Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
ph: 607-274-6630
Salvation Army WIC Clinic – Tompkins County
150 N. Albany Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
ph: 607-274-6630
Donna Jewett Center – Tompkins County
110 Sykes Street
Groton, NY 13073
ph: 607-274-6630
Newfield United Methodist Church – Tompkins County
227 Main Street
Newfield, NY 14867
ph: 607-274-6630
Jacksonville Community United Methodist Church – Tompkins County
1869 Trumansburg Road (Rt. 96)
Jacksonville, NY 14886
ph: 607-274-6630