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Wed., Oct. 2, 2013, 3:20 p.m.

WIC gets contingency funds to keep going through end of month, despite shutdown

The Idaho Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, has received contingency and reallocation funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture so it can continue to honor vouchers and offer clinical services through the end of October. The program, which serves about 43,000 pregnant women, infants and young children in Idaho with supplemental nutrition including milk, had been poised to run out of money by Monday due to the government shutdown. If the shutdown were to last beyond this month, service again would be disrupted; click below for the full announcement from Idaho Health & Welfare.

www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov

 

 

NEWS RELEASE--FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        Date: Oct. 2, 2013

 

Idaho’s WIC program benefits will continue through the month

 

The Idaho Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) has received contingency and reallocation funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture so it can continue to honor vouchers and offer clinical services through the end of October.

 In Idaho, WIC has about 43,000 participants, who each receive a monthly voucher for an average of $50.

 If the federal shutdown lasts longer than a month, benefits and services for the Idaho WIC program could be temporarily disrupted. If this happens, DHW will provide information so program participants and partners can make plans for an interruption of benefits or services.

 Please check for updates at www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov, and at DHW Twitter and Facebook.

 




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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