Governor Cuomo Announces $658 Million to Support Nutrition Programs for New Yorkers in Need

Written by Long Island News & PR  |  25. June 2015

Albany, NY - June 24, 2015 - 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:


Annual Award

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.



Jamaica Hospital



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, please click here.


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