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Florida's WIC program is running through the government shutdown, no word for how long

6:07 PM, Oct 4, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There's more than 20,000 people in Duval County that rely on the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program to feed their families. The program is still running in Florida through the government shutdown, but the money is limited.

Laverne Williams just moved to Jacksonville with her 2 kids. She's applying for WIC assistance while she gets settled.

"I just wish they'd get everything together so we can get all this taken care of," she said.

The program is still running because of federal money that's been moved, contingency money from the USDA and refunds from an infant formula program. Charles Griggs with the Department of Health said at least for now, there aren't any problems issuing checks.

"Services are being provided for all our WIC clients as usual," he said. "We're happy we're able to continue to provide services -- we don't see any issue at the moment," he said.

Nine million across the country depend on WIC assistance. People like Williams said they'd like to know for sure the program they rely on to keep their family fed, and healthy, will continue.

"I just hope they don't run out of money so they could continue the program," she said.

The Department of Health said they'll continue to watch things in Washington and let their clients know of any changes. The Department told First Coast News they'll continue to issue checks as long as there's funding.

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