Local agency uncertain for the future during the government shutdown

By WEEK Reporter

Local agency uncertain for the future during the government shutdown

October 14, 2013 Updated Oct 14, 2013 at 9:37 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- The McLean County WIC program is up and running as usual, but some local agencies are concerned the shutdown could change that.

Home Sweet Home Ministries in Bloomington housed 46 single mother's last year and hundreds of children.

The WIC program is a vital piece in the Shelter's mission.

Through the program Home Sweet Home provides mother's with formula and infant related supplies and diapers.

Home Sweet Home's Matt Drat says they are fortunate Illinois WIC program has not been affected.

"Anytime we look at shortages in our community of infant supplies that's going to affect the moms that live here and the moms that come to our door in need of supplies," said Matt Drat, Development and community relations manager, Home Sweet Home Ministries.

Drat said the program is crucial for Home Sweet Home ministries.

He said taking the stress and anxiety of feeding their children out of the picture helps the mothers concentrate on how to get themselves and their families back on their feet.

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