USDA will preserve WIC program if government shuts down

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) – In the event of a government shutdown, WIC benefits and jobs will be preserved.

Officials at the Arkansas Department of Health announced late Monday afternoon that an agreement had been reached with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Women Infant and Children's (WIC) program.

If the government shutdown, the USDA would cover the ADH administrative cost for WIC on a week-by-week basis, allowing the ADH to issue certification without interruption and prevent furloughing WIC staff.

There are 273 ADH employees who have jobs funded by the week program. In Arkansas, the WIC program served 23,595 infants, 42,105 children and 2,039 women in the month of August.

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