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WIC Funding Frozen
Women and children who rely on the WIC program are losing their benefits due to the government shutdown.
According to the USDA, WIC provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, and referrals to health and other social services to participants at no charge. WIC serves low income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk.
Last week the state reported that it had enough federal money to fund WIC through the end of the month. But, this afternoon local health departments received notice that the benefits would be frozen after today.
People who already have vouchers for baby formula or food packages will still be able to cash them. But no new vouchers will be issued until the shutdown is over.