DHHS Secures Funding to Continue WIC Program in NC

8:35 PM, Oct 10, 2013   |    comments
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- WIC funding has been restored throughout the month of October, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

DHHS will use 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, to secure funding through October.

"By securing sufficient funds, we are able to continue supporting the women and children who depend on WIC," said Secretary Aldona Wos. 

"Our state is one of the highest volume states for the WIC program so we take the impact of the shutdown very seriously."

DHHS suspended issuing WIC vouchers on Tuesday as a result of the government shutdown.

"Because of the uncertainty of the federal shutdown, we know this may only be a temporary solution," said Wos. 

She added, "But we are committed to meeting the needs of the people of North Carolina."

Local health departments are being notified to resume issuing WIC vouchers.

WFMY News 2

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