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Federal shutdown ends WIC program in NC

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RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC Department of Health and Human Services says the federal government shutdown is causing the WIC program to discontinue benefits.

WIC stands for women, infants and children. It’s a supplemental nutrition program that gives money to low income women and children to help them buy groceries every month.

The benefits stop at the end of the day Tuesday, October 8.

DHHS says 80% of the people eligible for the benefits have already claimed them this month.

"Some of our most vulnerable citizens, pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and young children, will be affected by the interruption of WIC services due to the federal shutdown," said DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos.

DHHS encourages families impacted by this  change to apply for North Carolina's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also known as food stamps).  Local WIC staff may also refer clients to food banks and pantries in their communities.

The WIC Program has an annual budget of $205 million and is 100 percent federally funded.  During September, the program provided supplemental food, health care referrals and nutrition education for almost 264,000 women, infants and young children in North Carolina.

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