WIC to continue in Illinois despite government shutdown

By WEEK Producer

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WIC to continue in Illinois despite government shutdown

October 4, 2013 Updated Oct 4, 2013 at 2:30 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will continue in Illinois despite the federal government shutdown.

The Illinois Department of Human Services announced Friday that the state received contingency funds from the USDA which will allow them to provide WIC services through October.

"It’s important that WIC participants keep their previously scheduled WIC appointments,” said IDHS Secretary Michelle R.B. Saddler. “We also want to let participants know that they can continue to use vouchers they already have.”

WIC helps pregnant women, new mothers and young children eat well and stay healthy. Illinois serves approximately 280,000 women, infants and children under the age of 5.

For more information, please contact the local WIC office.

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