Last night at midnight the government faced shutdown as a result of political parties failing to agree on a spending bill. Thousands of non-essential government employees will be furloughed while offices and agencies are shut down, including the Women’s, Infants and Children Program (WIC).
What does this means for Utah families on WIC? Utah offices say participants are allowed to use their October vouchers, but nothing beyond for the time being. WIC will not be accepting any new applicants. WIC offices are taking phone calls today, but offices will be closed starting tomorrow for the duration of the shutdown.
The harsh truth is that this leaves over 7 million infants and children unable to depend on WIC supplemental food benefits. Other family government programs will remain in effect, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps), discounted and free school lunch programs, Medicaid and Medicare.
According to The Guardian the government only has 10 days to run during the shutdown before beginning to run out of operating money. The longest shutdown in U.S. history was only 21 days (from December 16, 1995 though January 5, 1996). We can be hopeful that the shutdown will end soon.
Find out what other programs will be affected during the shutdown on NBCNEWS.com.
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