State officials want to get the word out that the WIC program is still up and running… despite the partial federal government shutdown.
WIC is the abbreviated name for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. Statewide, the federally-funded program serves 280,000 women, babies and children up to the age of 5.
Illinois received contingency funds from the feds that will allow the program to continue operation through at least the month of October. If the shutdown continues beyond that, the program's future is uncertain.