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WIC Program Funding At Risk Due to Shutdown

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Women, Infants, and Children or WIC, program has enough funds to last through October, but if the government shutdown lasts longer than that, the funding could dry up.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Women, Infants, and Children or WIC, program has enough funds to last through October, but if the government shutdown lasts longer than that, the funding could dry up.

That would have a major impact on the 90,000 Greene County residents who recieve WIC services every month.

Linda Groves is waiting for her nutrition appointment at WIC.

The single mother depends on the supplemental program for a helping hand.

"I work a full time job, they currently won't give me food stamps or anything like that, so WIC is a big help with that," she said.

Her two kids get access to medical care through WIC.

She also relies on the WIC vouchers to buy groceries like baby formula, which she needs, but might not be able to afford.

The program provides 500,000 dollars in food vouchers to Greene County women every month.

But the funding is now in jeopardy.

WIC Administrator Mary Ellison said right now operations are normal, but by the end of October the state may not have any more resources.

Missouri WIC receives funds every month from the federal government.

If the shutdown is still in effect November 1, that check won't arrive.

"It's just anybody's guess as to what going to happen," Ellison said.

The state will then have tough decisions to make with any remaining funds.

"Do we take care of infants, do we take care of children, or pregnant women? Or do we just say ok we're done for now?," Ellison said.

Linda Groves said she's frustrated by Washington politics.

"They're not in our shoes. They don't understand what we're going through. I'm trying my hardest to be a good mom," she said.

And just like Ellison, she hopes for a resolution in congress before its too late.
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