Missouri WIC Funded Through October

By KOLR10 News

Published 10/03 2013 10:44AM

Updated 10/03 2013 10:46AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Families who rely on help from the federal government to feed their children healthy foods, won't see their WIC benefits cut off - at least for now.

Although many federal government programs are on hold during the partial government shutdown, the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services says it has enough money to cover a short-term gap in federal funds through October.

The Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program is administered through local and county health departments. It provides vouchers for supplemental nutrition like milk, cereal, fruits and vegetables, to families who qualify.

The Springfield-Greene County Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program is still operating normally, officials said Thursday.  Kevin Gipson, the director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department says after October, WIC services are likely to be affected if Congress doesn't come to an agreement on the federal budget. 

More than $500,000 issued by WIC goes into the Springfield economy each month, Gipson says.

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