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DHHS announces WIC vouchers will resume

The Department of Health and Human Services announced late Thursday evening that it had secured funding to resume the WIC program. The announcement comes after reports that North Carolina was the only  state in the nation to stop issuing vouchers for formula and nutritional food for mothers and infants in response to the federal government shutdown.

Here’s more from the agency’s press release:

DHHS Sec. Aldona Wos

DHHS Sec. Aldona Wos

Secretary Aldona Wos announced today that the Department of Health and Human Services has secured additional funds to continue the WIC program as of October 11, 2013. DHHS has determined it can ensure the stability of the program through the end of October using lapsing funds from the previous fiscal year, additional contingency funds from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and product rebates from WIC formula manufacturer, Nestle Foods.

“By securing sufficient funds, we are able to continue supporting the women and children who depend on WIC,” said Secretary Aldona Wos. “Our state is one of the highest volume states for the WIC program so we take the impact of the shutdown very seriously.”

In response to the federal government shutdown, the issuance of WIC vouchers was suspended on October 8 because DHHS did not have sufficient funds to issue new vouchers.

“Because of the uncertainty of the federal shutdown, we know this may only be a temporary solution,” said Wos. “But we are committed to meeting the needs of the people of North Carolina.”

Local health departments are being notified to resume issuing WIC vouchers.

The WIC Program has an annual budget of $205 million. During September, the program provided supplemental food, health care referrals and nutrition education for almost 264,000 women, infants and young children in North Carolina. WIC also impacts more than 2,000 local grocery stores and other food businesses around the state.

13 Comments

  1. david esmay

    October 11, 2013 at 5:51 am

    If it weren’t for the bad press the NC GOTP would have continued to ignore the WIC program.

  2. Frances Jenkins

    October 11, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Prove that David.

  3. William Pilkington

    October 11, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Here’s the proof. USDA provided emergency funding for WIC at the beginning stages of the federal shutdown. No other state shut down WIC except NC. There can be no other agenda other than a political one. Without it being on fire on every blog and media source this administration would have continued with its lies.

  4. GOP Rules

    October 11, 2013 at 8:13 am

    If the GOP looked at the press then they would get nothing done. It is well known within the party that the media is controlled by the Blueprint faction. I would not be surprised if they come out with an “evicerating” spin on this.

  5. emd

    October 11, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Oh I think it’s pretty plain where the spin occurs.

  6. GOP Rules

    October 11, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    glad you see it emd. Guess you can see the bias at WRAL, N&O, et.al.

  7. emd

    October 11, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Heck no I’m talking about the stiff breeze coming out of DHHS & the Governor’s Mansion. They’re talking more trash than two dollar radio.

  8. […] On a positive note, the WIC Voucher program received a reprieve. […]

  9. Gene Hoglan

    October 11, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Now now everyone, let’s be fair. They had to find the money from somewhere to pay little Ricky Diaz and the other diaper dandies at DHHS for all their hard work.

  10. merlin1246

    October 12, 2013 at 12:07 am

    We need more people with jobs, fewer eating government cheese supplied by those who do work.

  11. merlin1246

    October 12, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Did you notice all the web links (look to the right) go to fascist lefty sites?
    It’s like a who’s who of uber-gubmint. You know a newspaper by the company
    it keeps.

  12. RJ

    October 12, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    That’s right, merlin1246! Those lie-about infants won’t learn to sit up, crawl, stand, walk, and get a damn job already!

    Why, back in my day, I was paving roads with macadam at 22 months of age. We toddlers were made of stronger stuff then, I tell ya. And we sure resented sharing the fruits of our labor with our pewling younger siblings.

    Thanks for your patriotic, insightful comment!

  13. Alan

    October 13, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    merlin1246…. “fascist lefty sites”???? Don’t you even see the irony in this comment?