WIC Program Gets Shutdown Reprieve

Program that helps low-income women, children gets funding till end of month

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    A program that helps feed women and children will get to keep running for now, a relief for Illinois mothers. Kim Vatis reports. (Published Friday, Oct 4, 2013)

    A program that helps feed women and children will get to keep running for now.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering extra funding for the Women, Infants and Children program, otherwise known as WIC.

    The funds will keep the services running until the end of the month.

    The program helps low-income women feed their children.

    Before receiving the news late Friday, women who use the program were wondering what they were going to do.

    Keyonna Davis walked into a WIC clinic desperate for help to buy formula to feed her 4-month-old baby, Ava.

    "I was like this is outrageous, $16 for a can," Davis said. "She went through it in three days. I was down to my last can when I came in here."

    Single working mom Nicole Johnson has counted on WIC to feed her son Nathan for two years.

    "It makes me nervous to know that my son's milk supply and food on a daily bases could be cut off," Johnson said.

    More than 100,000 women and children rely on WIC locally and nationally, one in two babies receives WIC assistance.