Nutrition Program Feels Strain Under Federal Shutdown

The WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) logo.

The WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) logo.

(KCPW News) When the federal government shut down at midnight on Monday night, many government functions were stopped in their tracks. As many as 40,000 Utahns could be furloughed as a result of the government shutdown, and programs such as Medicare could start to feel the pinch as reserve funds are exhausted.

However, one vital service in Utah is already putting on the brakes. The Women, Infants, and Children program, or WIC, provides supplemental food assistance to tens of thousands of Utahns. But almost all of its clinics have been forced to shut its doors, leaving some Utahns with limited resources and few other options.

KCPW’s Ryan Cunningham has this report.

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