Shutdown: No Additional Funds for WIC Program | News
If the shutdown continues, it may hit families who depend on a federal nutrition-assistance program.
WIC or Women, Infants, and Children is for low-income women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, postpartum, or have children up to age five.
Without WIC vouchers, Delmetria Matthews says she would spend more than $200 on formula for her newborn.
It's money the 20-year-old single mother does not have but will have to find if the government shutdown continues.
There's enough money to run the program for about two weeks.
That's two more weeks of food for both Matthews and her baby.
The Georgia Department of Public Health issued this statement: "At this time, Georgia WIC is operating business as usual. The Georgia Department of Public Health and Georgia WIC are working on steps to keep WIC operating for as long as possible."
The program serves more than 280,000 families statewide.
Other federal assistance programs like SNAP, also known as food stamps, are unaffected.