WIC special nutrition program remains open despite shutdown

October 8, 2013

The Women, Infants, and Children program operating at the Appalachian District Health Department is open despite the federal government shutdown Oct. 1.

Clients are encouraged to continue seeking WIC services and utilizing their issued program vouchers for needed nutrition.

The WIC program offers support for pregnant women and children birth to age 5 in achieving optimal health through nutrition education, healthcare referrals, and supplemental nutrition. The WIC program provided over $442,821 in revenue for Ashe County establishments accepting WIC and served over 645 families from June 2012-July 2013.

“WIC is a program that has been proven effective in maintaining and improving health status of women and children who need it most,” said Jennifer Greene, Director of Allied Health Services.

“We are grateful for the state operations managed at the N.C. Division of Public Health and N.C. DHHS that have allowed us to continue serving families since Oct. 1 despite the federal government shut down. We are continuing to maintain contact with the Nutrition Services Branch of the N.C. Division of Public Health to make preparations in the event we have to change course,” said Greene. WIC is a 100 percent federally funded program.

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If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact your local Appalachian District Health Department Nutrition and WIC Office or log on to (Watauga County: 828-264-6641, Ashe County 336-246-2013, Alleghany 336-372-5644). WIC is an equal opportunity employer and provider.