RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) - The state Department of Health will keep the Special Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) running through at least Nov. 1, 2013, despite the partial shutdown of the federal government.
In a statement, State Health Commissioner Cynthia C. Romero said all WIC offices across Virginia are open and providing services.
The Department of Health said it has identified funding options to keep the program running. The funding includes 2013 WIC carryover dollars, rebates from Virginia’s infant formula contract, reimbursement from Medicaid, money from a USDA emergency contingency fund, and continued prudent program oversight by Virginia’s WIC staff.
Romero said there is no need for any furloughs of WIC staff through at least Nov. 1.
The Virginia WIC program provides services to approximately 155, 777 recipients per month.
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