Some concerned about effects of prolonged shutdown on WIC program

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – As the government shutdown continues, some low-income mothers worry it will going to effect Special Supplemental Nutrition Programs for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).  As of now moms are getting their benefits. Amber White said says she worried about the future of her benefits. 

“I know how to make a way. I’m going to always make a way for my kids but everyone doesn’t have that ability,” said White.

The working mother of three just had a baby girl and uses government assistance – food stamps and wic – to help her get by.  NBC4 reached out to the Ohio Department of Health to find out will benefits be there next month for moms should the government shutdown continue.  

NBC4’s interview request was declined. A spokesperson, J.C. Benton, sent a quote which reads in part,

Sufficient funding is already in place to fund the wic program at least through late January. If the partial shutdown continues for an extended period of time, other grant programs could be affected.

Benton didn’t give specifics about what those programs and grants could be. 

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, that oversees food stamps also declined an on-camera interview request regarding the same question. Spokesperson Bret Crow sent us a statement which reads in part,

Without further guidance from the USDA’s food and nutrition service, there are too many unknowns.  For the time being, ODJFS benefits and services will continue without interruption. We are monitoring the situation in washington closely, are in contact with our federal partners, and will make every effort to minimize any impact to those we serve.

White says she’s already making plans to come up with the extra money to feed her child should the shutdown hurt her benefits.

“They don’t have an answer this everybody’s time to pretty much figure out what they’re going to do from here on out. If you got to pick up a couple more extra hours at work. If you got to come up with some kind of side hustle,” said White.

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