The WIC program will now continue, after new WIC vouchers were suspended on October 8 due to lack of funds. Additional funds were secured by the Department of Health and Human Services; DHHS determined it can ensure the stability of the program through the end of October by using “lapsing funds from the previous fiscal year, additional contingency funds from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and product rebates from WIC formula manufacturer, Nestle Foods.”
“Our state is one of the highest volume states for the WIC program so we take the impact f the shutdown very seriously,” said Secretary Aldona Wos with DHHS.
“By securing sufficient funds, we are able to continue supporting the women and children who depend on WIC.”
“Because of the uncertainty of the federal shutdown, we know this may only be a temporary solution,” said Wos. “But we are committed to meeting the needs of the people of North Carolina.”
Health departments are being notified to resume issuing WIC vouchers.
The WIC Program has an annual budget of $205 million. During September, the program provided supplemental food, health care referrals and nutrition education for almost 264,000 women, infants and young children in North Carolina. WIC also impacts more than 2,000 local grocery stores and other food businesses around the state.