The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, commonly referred to as WIC, will continue in Illinois despite the federal government shutdown, according to a news release from the Illinois Department of Human Services.
The state of Illinois received contingency funds from the United States Agriculture Department, which will enable participants to maintain services through October.
“It’s important that WIC participants keep their previously scheduled WIC appointments,” IDHS Secretary Michelle R.B. Saddler said in the news release. “We also want to let participants know that they can continue to use vouchers they already have.”
WIC helps pregnant women, new mothers and young children eat well and stay healthy, according to the news release.
Illinois serves approximately 280,000 women, infants and children under the age of 5.