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46,000 West Virginians at Risk of Losing WIC Funds If Government Shutdown Continues

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46,000 West Virginians who use the Special Supplemental Nutritional Program for WIC may lose that assistance if the government shutdown continues to loom.

The program is federally funded, which means right now, there is no new money going into the fund.

WTRF spoke to several mothers on WIC who say they are extremely upset. The West Virginia Office of Nutrition Services recently received around $437,000 from the USDA. This money will help continue to fund the state's WIC program until the government shutdown is resolved.

In Ohio, health officials say their WIC program can last through part of November. The Health Department says the supplemental program  is assured of operating into the second week of November with existing resources, and likely could extend beyond that.