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WIC services to stay funded through October
From staff reports:
In light of the federal government shutdown, the state's Women, Infants and Children (WIC) food and nutrition program has funding to continue service through the end of October, according to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH).
A reallocation of funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made this extension possible.
The USDA funds were sorely needed, as the state's WIC program only had enough funding to operate through Oct. 9.
The health department also notes that if the federal government shutdown continues through October, the USDA does not have funding allocated for the month of November. According to the DOH, "agency officials now have more time to develop a strategy in the event the shutdown does not end by Nov. 1."
"WIC helps low-income families feed their children. We hope a budget will be passed and this important program can continue beyond Oct. 31," said Janet Jackson Charles, director of Nutrition Services at DOH.
Those needing information on local WIC services are encouraged to call the WIC state office at (800) 841-1410 or by visiting www.doh.wa.gov/youandyourfamily/wic. Related services can be found at ParentHelp123.org or by calling the Family Health Hotline at (800) 322-2588.