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Government shut down affects thousands of Utahn's on WIC

As the government shut down has come to a halt Salt Lake County’s WIC program is struggling to still help those in need.

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (ABC4 UTAH) -As the government shut down has come to a halt Salt Lake County’s WIC program is struggling to still help those in need.

 

WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program and thousands of Utahn’s rely on it to provide nutritional needs to their families.

 

Currently nearly 65,000 Utahn’s WICK, but with the government shut down only the 25,000 in Salt Lake County are still receiving assistance.

 

"I don’t know right now what we are going to do.I mean I really don’t know,” said Ana Padilla who relies on the extra help WIC provides for her two year old daughter.  

 

Padilla is among the thousands in Utah on WIC trying to figure out what they will do if the shut down continues. Padilla works full time, but says providing for her two year old daughter can be challenging and the possibility of losing WIC worries her.

 

"I still have bills so now maybe just-budgeting even more to provide that for her," said Padilla.

 

Right now, WIC has been given extra funding to last an additional week However, only services that include education, emergency applications, and emergency food items are being provided- and its limited to only Salt Lake County residents.

 

“Vouchers are not being given out. There is no money to cut checks, vouchers,” said Pam Davenport the spokesperson for the Public Health Department

 

 

For Padilla, she says not knowing how long this shut down will last is what worries her because she doesn’t want it to impact her daughter.

 

"I’m still blessed because of the help that I have from my family but I’m scared," Said Padilla.

 

On Tuesday if the shut down is still in effect another meeting will take place to discuss whether or not they can afford to keep their services extended.

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