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WIC changes coming due to shutdown

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- As of Tuesday, dozens of moms in the area will personally feel the effects of the government shutdown.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- As of Tuesday, dozens of moms in the area will personally feel the effects of the government shutdown. It all has to do with WIC. Struggling moms use it for food vouchers.

Normally, those vouchers are good for three months, but if you get those vouchers October 16 or after, they will only be valid for 30 days. Because of the government shutdown, the state can only guarantee funding through the end of this month.

WIC helps 1,100 moms, 1,100 babies and 1,800 kids by giving moms vouchers for things like milk, cheese and eggs. If the shutdown continues, the effects could be devastating on them.

"Having to potentially have to turn people away because of limited funds is very disheartening. It's really something we're hoping we don't have to do. We're hoping in the next 36 hours something is resolved," said Brandon Meline of the Champaign-Urbana Health Department.

If you already received vouchers before Tuesday, it will be usable for the next three months. If we are still in the same position November 1, it's likely the vouchers will not be accepted at all.
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