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WIC Program Could Run Out of Funds During Shutdown

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Fargo's WIC program is facing a bit of uncertainty in their future.

"When we hit October first and there was not an agreement as to what the funding will be, basically WIC funding ceased." says Kim Vance, the Director of WIC offices in Fargo.

North Dakota is able to use the USDA's emergency and carry over funds to see them through October, but other states weren't so lucky.

"I just heard from a client today that Nebraska has stopped issuing and Iowa is another one."

Enriching the lives of families across North Dakota, over 13,000 people benefit from their services.

"Seventy percent of babies born in North Dakota are on the WIC program. WIC really makes a difference by providing supplemental foods that are very specific like milk, cheese, eggs, juice and peanut butter."

Just the types of healthy foods this new young mother needs...

"I just moved to town and I had to get on my feet with finding a job. I'm in the process of going back to school and I don't have a lot of family that is there to cushion my blow if I do fall back.

And in the case new funds don't surface for the month of November...

"I don't know. It definitely will affect me.."

Vance says to, "seek out family and friends. Look at your food stamps, see if you can budget a little bit. Look for sales."

In the meantime they're stuck playing the waiting game. Vance is hoping for the best.

"My hope is that they will come to some sort of an agreement to move forward with WIC. It is just so critical."


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