JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi State Department of Health announced Friday that its special supplemental program for Women, Infants and Children will continue full operations through the end of February despite the federal government shutdown.
MSDH said additional funds were received from federal partners at the United States Department of Agriculture, which funds the WIC program.
The WIC program is a supplemental nutrition program for pregnant, breastfeeding and post-partum women, infants and children under five years of age. It provides services to more than 95,000 clients each month through 95 distribution sites statewide, according to the State Department of Health.
“Through the USDA’s flexibility with funding, our services to pregnant women and children will not be interrupted at this time, and for that we are grateful,” MSDH State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said in a news release.
“Of course we will continue to monitor the situation and make plans for further delays in funding if necessary,” Dobbs added.