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Despite shutdown, WIC remains funded

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- In the midst of a government shutdown, new mothers and children in Minnesota who rely on one supplemental nutrition program won't have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. 

WIC, or Women, Infant, and Children program, which provides low-income mothers with food vouchers, breastfeeding support, and baby formula, has stopped receiving federal funds as of October 1st. 

But according to the Minnesota Department of Health, Olmsted County's WIC program will remain up and running for the rest of the month through state funding.

The future is still fluid though, meaning November could carry a different tune.

"We are in constant communication with the Minnesota WIC Program and we are keeping abreast of the situation and we will communicate any changes if anything else happens," said Olmsted County Public Health Services Senior Nutrition Specialist Wendy O'Leary. 

There are nearly 9 million women and children who rely on WIC programs across the country and more than 3500 in Olmsted County. 

 

 

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