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WIC remains open despite government shutdown

Published On: Oct 01 2013 02:00:00 AM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

The government shutdown has affected many. But there is one federally funded program that has stayed open in Shasta County.

It's called WIC - the women, infants, and children program. It helps pregnant women, mothers with infants and young children eat well and stay healthy.

WIC serves income eligible women and their children up to the age of five .

They provide nutrition and health education which includes prenatal and postpartum nutrition. They also offer checks to buy healthy foods.

Last year WIC served 80,000 people in Shasta County, and they said they'll continue to do so as long as their funding allows it.

“We are open and we are ready for business and we welcome them to come visit us in our clinic on their scheduled appointments and also to do walk-ins as needed,” said Lisa Webster, WIC program manager.

While officials say some saved-up funds are helping them stay open, the federal government could still issue an order for them to close if the shutdown lasts too long.