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Kansas WIC clinics resume November, December funding

October 17, 2013

TOPEKA — With the federal government shutdown ended, the local WIC clinics can resume normal check issuance.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC) is a federally funded program administered in Kansas by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, through local health departments. WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support and supplemental, nutritious foods to low-income families.

About 1,500 clients are served in Geary County. Through the WIC system, local vendors Dilllons and Walmart received almost $1.5 million in 2012.

While October WIC checks were not impacted, KDHE announced on Oct. 9 that local WIC offices would limit the issuance of checks dated trough October 2013.

During the shutdown, WIC clinics withheld checks dated November and December because of the uncertainly of federal funding.

All Kansas WIC clinics remain fully operational and serving clients.

The Kansas WIC program serves 70,000 participants each month including pregnant women, brestfeeding women through the first year of the their infant's life, women who have had a baby within the past six months, infants under the age of 1 and children from age 1 to 5.