Friday, October 4, 2013

Colorado WIC offices to remain open through October

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has determined that, despite the federal government shutdown, Colorado WIC clinics will remain operational through the end of October. Unless the federal government resumes operations or some other remedy is implemented, the Colorado WIC program likely will not be able to serve participants beginning in November.

The Colorado Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is a nutrition program for pregnant women, breastfeeding women up to one year after giving birth, non-breastfeeding women up to six months after giving birth, and infants and children up to five years old. WIC participants must meet certain financial requirements.

“We are considering our options,” said Patricia Daniluk, Nutrition Services Branch director for the department’s Prevention Services Division. “This federal shutdown is unprecedented, and there currently are many unknowns. We are, first and foremost, doing our best to meet the nutritional needs of the more than 95,000 women and children WIC serves.”

The funds to support operations during October come from savings from the previous fiscal year and a small amount of contingency funds provided this week by the USDA.

Local WIC clinics should continue normal operations until further notice. The department encourages WIC participants to keep their WIC appointments and continue redeeming their checks for the month of October.

Information and updates are being posted to the WIC Alerts page on the website. The department encourages local WIC agencies, retailers and participants to watch the site for the most current information.

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