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WIC stops issuing vouchers due to government shutdown

RALEIGH, NC (WECT/AP) - The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) will not be issuing any more vouchers for clients because of the Federal government program.

The state-run program helps to make sure pregnant women and their young children get the nutrition they need for things like infant formula and healthy food.

Those who already have vouchers will be able to use them, but people who need to renew their vouchers (which happens every 6 months) or those applying for new ones will have to wait.

Carolyn Moser with the Pender County Health Department, says this will have a negative impact for families that need vouchers across the state.

"I know it's going to really tough, formula is not cheap and trying to supply the eggs and milk and cereals, I'm sure that it's going to have a negative impact on a lot of families," said Moser.

Only about 80% of eligible clients received vouchers for October.  Those who still need them will be put on a waiting list.

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