Help Women and Children Suffering from Government Shutdown

10-14-13 WIC Photo

Target: U.S. Congress

Goal: Allow low income women and children to receive necessary nutritional care.

The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infant and Children (WIC) has been crippled as part of the government shutdown. Designed to help struggling women, infants, and children receive proper nutrition, the program is starting to run out of money because all funding has been halted. Tell the U.S. Congress, for this and many other reasons, to restart the government and help these hungry families.

Here is how it works: WIC is funded by federal grants, assuring that low-income pregnant mothers and children under age 5 are able to receive proper nutritional care. Grants are distributed to each state, which then uses the money to provide supplemental food, health care referrals, and nutrition education to those who qualify based on income. When the government first shut down, they assured WIC programs that there should be enough money to continue through the end of October without additional federal funding. As it turns out, this is not true.

In North Carolina, approximately 50,000 hungry mothers and babies have been cut off from aid, as the state’s WIC has run out of money. Representing 20% of those enrolled in the program, these struggling mothers and children will spend October trying their best to receive nutrition from local resources like food banks. However, food banks are already stretched thin, trying to feed as many people as possible.

The fact is these pregnant women and young children are part of the WIC program because their income levels mean they cannot properly feed their families. Without government aid, they are literally left hungry, hoping to feed themselves and their children through local charity organizations and food banks, which are already overloaded. Tell the U.S. Congress to resolve the issues and finally end the shutdown, helping thousands of young mothers and babies be able to eat again.


Dear U.S. Congress,

Recently, the WIC program of North Carolina was forced to turn away approximately 50,000 hungry young mothers and children. Normally funded by the federal government, the program’s money has run out due to the shutdown. Please, for this reason and many others, end the shutdown and help these struggling American citizens.

WIC is designed to help pregnant women and children under age 5 receive necessary food, healthcare referrals, and nutrition education. At the announcement of the shutdown, Congress promised WIC funding should be secure through the month of October, despite the freezing of federal funding. However, this has proven untrue, and North Carolina is the first state to run out of money due to the shutdown.

End this shutdown and help these mothers and babies receive the care they deserve.


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