Shutdown Jeopardizes Nutrition Program For The Poor

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (October 4, 2013)--Some mothers are beginning to worry about the fate of the federally-funded Women, Infants and Children program, or WIC, which supplies them with baby formula.

States say they have enough money to operate WIC at least through the end of October, but advocates for the poor are worried that 9 million women and children will be at risk if the shutdown drags on.

Cierra Schoeneberger, a Pennsylvania mother, says she doesn't know how she will afford $40 worth of formula a week for her 4-month-old son if she loses her WIC benefits.


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