Located in our Ossining and Sleepy Hollow sites, the WIC Program is a Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children. The program serves low income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children up to age five. It provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support and referrals to health care and other social services at no cost. As of July 2012 we had 2820 participants enrolled in the program.
To qualify for the WIC program, you must:
- Be a pregnant woman of any age
- Be an infant or child up to five years of age
- Be a mother of a baby that is up to six months of age; or,
- Be a breast feeding mother of a baby that is up to 12 months of age
- Be a resident of New York State, but you do not need to be a U.S. citizen or have a Social Security number.
- Meet the income eligibility guidelines; or, be receiving benefits from Medicaid, Food Stamps or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Be evaluated by a WIC nutritionist for nutritional needs.
The Open Door WIC Program proudly offers the Healthy Lifestyles FIT WIC program. FIT WIC targets breastfeeding women and children from 2 to 4 years of age at risk for obesity and assists them in creating and managing a healthy, active lifestyle with healthy eating patterns.
Through FIT WIC, all WIC participants receive nutrition education and information about the importance of daily physical activity along with food demonstrations and taste testings that provide a visual representation of balanced nutrition. We also offer participants on-going support throughout their enrollment in the program that includes informational handouts, recipe cards, activity suggestion sheets and other information to help maintain a healthy lifestyle and eating habits.
|WIC Hours at Ossining||WIC Hours at Sleepy Hollow|
Peer Counselor Program
WIC is committed to assisting mothers in establishing healthy breastfeeding habits. Our Peer Counselor Program in Ossining focuses on promoting and maintaining breastfeeding among new mothers and pregnant women. Peer Counselors are experienced breastfeeding mothers who have participated in the WIC program. They are trained to be Peer Counselors by the WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator and on-going training through the WIC Training Center and other seminars. Peer Counselors offer breastfeeding counseling and address breastfeeding concerns and general breastfeeding issues in a friendly peer to peer environment.
Our breastfeeding initiation rate from April 2011 to March, 2012 shows our local agency total at average 95.9%. Region total is at 78.6 % and State total is at 74.8%. Our agency has the # 1 breastfeeding initiation rate in NYS.
We have two Peer Counselor: Nancy Rincon and you can contact her by calling or texting (914) 396-0981 (bilingual), Silvia Uzhca and you can contact her by calling (914) 502-1318 (bilingual). Our Breastfeeding Coordinator is Kristina Kinsley and you can contact her by calling or texting (914) 396-0979 (English only). You can also email the Department at Breastfeeding.email@example.com. Facebook page coming soon!
The following is the Ossining schedule for when Peer Counselors are available:
|Monday||9:30 AM – 7:30 PM|
|Tuesday||9:30 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Wednesday||9:30 PM – 7:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:30 PM – 5:30 PM|
|Friday||9:30 PM – 1:30 PM|
Please contact our locations and ask to speak with the WIC nutritionist:
Ossining: Sleepy Hollow:
Tel. (914) 502-1310 or 1311 Tel. (914) 406-8150
Fax. (914) 941-0055 Fax. (914) 524-8594
For more information on the WIC program, please visit: http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/ or NYS DOH website.