Partial gov’t shutdown could affect MO families who rely on WIC

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - The partial government shutdown could affect millions of low income moms and their children who rely on the food assistance program Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

Carlenna Hill is the Coordinator of Women, Infants and Children in Butler County, Missouri.

She said their WIC program helps more than 1,700 local moms buy healthy groceries for their kids at no cost.

If the government shutdown continues Hill said WIC offices in Missouri have enough funding to stay open through the end of February 2019.

She hopes lawmakers can come to a consensus so WIC can continuing helping families in need.

““I think it would hurt a lot of people," Hill said. "Our infants more than anything because sometimes this is their only food for the month beside going to food pantries. We have people come in here and say ‘I need my checks because I have no food at my house right now.’ And those people are very thankful for what we give them.”

Two months of extra funding is more than some states.

WIC is funded through the US Department of Agriculture.

A Gray Televison sister station of KFVS in Memphis, Tennessee, WMC-TV, reports that funding for WIC in that state will last until the end of January 2019.

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