The federal government shutdown is impacting the lives of millions of women and their babies. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children— known as WIC is currently not being funded by the federal government.
Here in Maine, the state government has pulled funds together to keep the program going.
WIC says they have enough money to function until October 21st.
“But as of right now we’re open their checks are good, they should use them they should keep their appointments and it’s business as usual and so we’re hoping that people get that message and continue to do that because their folks are the most vulnerable and they are the people that we’re most concerned about,” said Patty Hamilton, Director of Public Health for Bangor Health & Community Services.
The program provides food and baby formula for thousands each month in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties on a $400,000 per month budget.
“I’m not going to say I wasn’t worried at all, but we’re going to feed our children regardless of whether the government is shutdown or not,” said Victoria Lambert, mom of nine and WIC participant.
Hamilton says WIC will keep their participants informed of any changes.