Washington’s Women, Infants and Children’s nutrition program will continue to operate through October, regardless of a federal government shutdown, Public Health – Seattle & King County announced on its website today.
The program, which provides assistance and referrals to pregnant and nursing women in low-income households, was expected to operate only until Wednesday, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture was able to find money to cover the costs for the remainder of the month.
If the shutdown does not end by the end of October, the program may be forced to close until the federal government is funded.
The following message to families in the program was posted on the program’s website today:
WIC is open for business during the federal government shutdown.
- We learned yesterday that WIC has enough funds to operate through the month of October.
- WIC families should use their WIC and Farmers Market checks to continue to purchase healthy foods.
- WIC families are encouraged to keep any scheduled appointments they have at the WIC clinics.
- WIC is ready to enroll any eligible person interested in WIC services.
- WIC authorized grocery stores and farmers should continue to accept WIC checks.
- For people who want to help, we recommend contacting your local food bank.
We are continuing to monitor the situation and will communicate any changes.