Shutdown jeopardizes nutrition program for poor

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — With
the U.S. government shut down, some mothers are beginning to worry
about the fate of a federally funded program that supplies them with
baby formula.

At issue is the federal Women, Infants and Children program, or WIC.

States
say they have enough money to operate it at least through the end of
October. But advocates for the poor worry that 9 million women and
children will be at risk if the shutdown drags on.

Pennsylvania
mom Cierra (see-EHR'-ah) Schoeneberger (SHOH'-in-ber-ger) says she
doesn't know how she will afford $40 worth of formula a week for her
4-month-old son if she loses her WIC benefits.

 

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