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DHHS secures additional funding for WIC program

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday it had secured additional funds to continue the WIC program as of Oct. 11.

DHHS will use lapsing funds from the previous fiscal year to keep the program stable through the end of the month. The department will also use 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."

DHHS stopped issuing WIC vouchers Oct. 8 in response to the federal government shutdown because of a lack of funding.

"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."

In a press release, DHHS said local health departments are being notified to resume issuing WIC vouchers.

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