Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 5:30am
Federal Government Shutdown has not Affected Local WIC Services
Despite the shutdown of the federal government, and in response to the confusion created by national news stories reporting closures of the WIC program, local WIC officials wish to clarify that the program in Madison & Dane County is open for business. WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.
According to WIC supervisor Lesly Scott, "We need to get the word out that our program is indeed functioning normally. Our clinic hours are the same as always at both the South Park Street and East Washington locations." She also reminds the public that WIC clinics outside of Madison will be open as usual on Fridays. "WIC checks are good and we are encouraging clients to spend them." Scott points out that these services will continue until further notice and that she is working with the state WIC Director and continually assessing the fiscal situation.
Local merchants and vendors should not experience any difficulty redeeming those vouchers. State officials assure farmers participating in the WIC and Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program that they can continue to use their farmers' market checks through October 31 and farmers can continue to deposit checks through November 15.
Those who have further questions about the WIC program can call the clinic at (608) 267-1111. Detailed information about the WIC program can be found online at www.publichealthmdc.com/family/wic/.
Public Health - Madison & Dane County
- Jeff Golden, (608) 243-0302