Millions Of Women, Children Could Lose Food Benefits Under Govt. Shutdown

  • Nearly 7 million mothers and their children could lose the nutrition assistance they receive from the federal government if Congress fails to reach a deal this week to avert a government shutdown, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told reporters during a White House press briefing on Monday afternoon that the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, commonly known as WIC, would stop immediately if the government shuts down.
  • “That program expires, if you will, or stops immediately when the shutdown occurs,” Vilsack said.
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