The federal government’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infant and Children (WIC) helps 9 million people. But thanks to the continued gridlock in Washington, mothers who rely on the WIC program may soon find themselves struggling to feed their families.
According to NBC the U.S. Department of Agriculture said some states might run out of WIC funding within a week when the shutdown was first announced, reports NBC. Pennsylvania and other states say their funding will last through October but worry what might happen should the shutdown last even longer. Most WIC offices have continued to stay open but officials say many mothers aren’t aware that they can still go to those offices for help. There is also concern that as women try to stretch the last of their WIC benefits, they’ll begin diluting formula or just giving babies milk and water.
Charitable organizations have stepped up to fill the void left by WIC or are preparing for a rise in requests as some communities find themselves without assistance.