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WIC funding guaranteed through October

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WIC funding guaranteed through October

KGMI News Reporting
Mike Curtiss

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Women, infants and children won’t have to go hungry just because Congress can’t agree on a budget.

The USDA has reallocated funding to keep Washington’s women, infants, and children nutrition program running for the rest of the month.

Tim Church from the state Health Department says WIC helps about 195,000 low-income women and children in Washington.

Play Tim Church on WIC

WIC provides healthy foods and nutrition advice to pregnant and breastfeeding women and their children up to age five.

Church says the program would have run out of money on October 9 without the USDA’s stopgap funding.

The state Health Department is working on contingency plans in the event that the shutdown doesn’t end by November 1, putting WIC program in jeopardy, once again.