In spite of the government shutdown that is going into its second week the Mississippi Department of health has secured funds to run the WIC and SNAP program in Mississippi through January, according to agency officials.
The WIC program, for pregnant mothers and children , services 95,000 clients each month.
“With this allowance by the USDA, we can ensure WIC operations without disruptions through at least the end of January, if not even an additional few weeks in February,” said MSDH State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs. “This gives us a little breathing room.”
WIC is a program for pregnant, breastfeeding, and post-partum women, infants and children under five years of age.