Washington WIC not impacted by shutdown | Families
Washington residents who are a part of the Women, Infants and Children program, known as WIC, will not be impacted by the government shutdown. A spend it forward contingency plan is providing the program in Washington enough funding to stay open for the next nine days.
Over 20,000 low income families benefit from WIC which provides vouchers for healthy food options and formula for families as well as other health care services. Kim Papich with the Spokane Regional Health District said that they don't anticipate the closure of any clinics at this time.
This isn't the first time this year the WIC program has faced closure for budget reasons. This summer, WIC encouraged participants to use checks early in the case of a shutdown on the state level. The state shutdown never materialized, but to avoid having to stop services with the federal shutdown WIC is using emergency funds from last year.
Because of this WIC is able to maintain business as usual for a total of nine days. Offices and clinics will stay open unless the Department of Health says otherwise. WIC checks will still be honored and Papich said they don't anticipate any grocery stores turning them away.
If the government shutdown lasts longer than nine days the situation for WIC could change. To keep up with the plans for WIC during the shutdown visit www.spokanewic.org.