Women & children could take direct hit from shutdown

Women & children could take direct hit from shutdown

CHAMPAIGN -- The government shutdown could affect a program struggling moms count on.
CHAMPAIGN -- The government shutdown could affect a program struggling moms count on. Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a supplemental nutrition program which helps thousands of women in the area. But, without federal funding, the program might have to turn them away.

The state is covering WIC until November 1, but if the federal government is still shut down next month, WIC won't be able to help moms in need. In Champaign County, WIC helps 1,100 mothers, 1,100 babies and 1,800 children by giving mothers vouchers for things like milk, cheese and eggs.

If the government is still shutdown after November 1, those vouchers won't be accepted. WIC leaders say it's the first time the program has ever been hit this hard.

Fifteen people are employed full-time through WIC. Some could lose their jobs if the shutdown lasts long-term. No matter what happens, WIC will still be open for educational purposes.
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