New York WIC program can continue through October even during government shutdown

WIC government shutdown
Simeon and Enma Ordoñez with their son at the Morrisania Women, Infants and Children program in the Bronx. New York’s WIC program will operate with federal funds though Oct. 31 in the event of an extended government shutdown, the state Department of Health said.
Credit: Bess Adler

Food assistance for nearly half a million low-income women, infants and children across New York will continue through at least October no matter the outcome in Washington, officials said Thursday.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, can operate with federal funds in New York though Oct. 31 in the event of an extended government shutdown, the state Department of Health said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture notified the state Thursday that additional funding was also secured to pay for food, depending on need, through mid-November if necessary.

Before the decision was reached, WIC representatives in New York City urged participants to keep their appointments and use the program’s services.

“We do have some participants who have asked if it’s OK to cash their checks,” said Kathleen Carpenter, a breast-feeding coordinator at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital WIC Program.

WIC costs the federal government roughly $7 billion a year, providing participants with food vouchers for baby formula, milk, bread, fruit and other staples. In New York, participants usually receive $70 in such vouchers a month.

Carpenter and other representatives highlighted the importance of the program.

“If the shutdown continues, if it gets to that, there will be many families that will be devastated,” said Theresa Landau, chair-elect of the National WIC Association.

Several of the women Carpenter works with, she said, have children with special needs who are provided specialized baby formula. She doesn’t know if they would be able to acquire the formula without the program.

“It’s not right that you take food literally out of the mouths of kids to make a point about a law that you don’t like,” Carpenter said.

Follow Anna Sanders on Twitter: @AnnaESanders


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

Easter Egg hunt horror as skydiver plummets to…

A FAMILY Easter egg hunt ended in horror when a skydiver plummeted to his death in a New York garden after his parachute failed to…

News

Boston Marathon 2014 on high alert, Red Sox…

One year on from the horrific Boston Marathon bombings a ring of steel has been thrown around today's race, and a city stands defiant against…

News

Boston Strong: One year on from Boston Marathon…

  For more than a century the Boston Marathon has been an even centred around sportsmanship, endurance and athleticism, but there's no denying the face…

Local

Best nature spots for kids in New York…

When it comes to kids and nature, most U.S. parents agree: children should be spending more time outdoors. According to a recent survey by The…

Television

‘Mad Men’ recap: Season 7, Episode 2, ‘A…

Peggy and Lou are horrible, Bert's racist, Don is honest(ish) and Roger and Pete are frustrated. "A Day's Work" not quite worthy of "This Will Be Our Year."

Television

'Game of Thrones' recap: Season 4, Episode 3,…

The problem with the devil you know is that ignoring them doesn’t mean they simply lie in wait. It allows them time to do things…

Television

Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…

NHL

Rangers let chance at victory slip away in…

All the Rangers had to do was hold serve in a raucous Madison Square Garden — roaring in anticipation of putting a hated rival in a 2-0 series hole.

MLB

Yankees place Ivan Nova on DL with partially…

Yankees starter Ivan Nova was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his throwing elbow Sunday.

NHL

Rangers never thought opening round would be 'an…

You might have thought the Metropolitan Division semifinal series was going to be a rout after watching Game 1 Thursday night. The Rangers did not.

NHL

Rangers blow two-goal lead in Game 2 loss…

The Rangers got out to an early 2-0 lead in Game 2 and the Garden was rocking. But it went downhill quickly from there.

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.