WIC funding impacted by government shutdown

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has been notified by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will no longer receive funding should the government shutdown continue.
According to State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier, “The Mississippi State Department of Health is exploring various options and solutions to maintaining operations in the coming weeks. This federal notification affects mothers, infants, children and families along with several hundred MSDH employees.”
For now, until further notice, Mississippi’s WIC Centers will remain open and services will be available throughout the state. The ability to maintain services will be evaluated on a weekly basis.
WIC is a supplemental food program for pregnant, breastfeeding and post-partum women, infants and children under five years of age. Currently the program has 95 distribution sites thr oughout the state and serves 91,000-93,000 clients each month.