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Government shutdown creates worries over programs like WIC

Posted: 5:19 PM, Jan 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-07 20:46:15-05
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GREEN BAY, Wis. — A federally funded program known as WIC helps feed about 100,000 people who have a low income in Wisconsin. As the partial government shutdown reaches 2 weeks, some are getting concerned that services from programs like WIC won't be available.

Representatives at WIC in northeast Wisconsin told NBC26 that they have dealt with a government shutdown before back in 2013, when they managed to continue providing their services for three weeks.

Those WIC representatives say they’re confident they can continue providing their food vouchers for families for several more weeks, but that is unsettling news for some county leaders.

"One thing we don't know is how long this is going to continue to go on,” says Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson. “If it does, we have to know this is going to have a direct effect, and it's going to hurt folks and individuals that need help the most and are the most vulnerable."

This partial government shutdown is already the second longest shutdown in 20 years.