WIC open during Federal Shutdown
Stores continue to accept WIC checks Madera County Department of Public Health WIC would like to assure the Madera Community members participating in our Supplemental Nutrition Program WIC the following State WIC confirmed facts:
• WIC state agencies have enough reserve funding to remain open during the shutdown if it does not become protracted.
• The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has sufficient funding to continue to support local agencies and vendors through at least March 31, 2019.
• Madera WIC will maintain normal schedule: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Appointments with WIC participants will not be cancelled and WIC clinic staff are available to assist them.
• WIC participants who have received WIC Checks for food should continue to redeem them at WIC grocers. WIC authorized stores must accept and redeem these WIC Checks while funding is available.
• Funding should be restored before programs like WIC run out of reserve funding.
More than 1 million Californians receive WIC food benefits and other services. Nearly $1.3 billion dollars in WIC benefits and services are provided in California annually. California gets the majority of its funding for WIC from a US Department of Agriculture grant. WIC helps families get healthy food and provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other community services.
WIC serves babies and children up to age 5, pregnant women, and new mothers as well as dads, grandparents, foster parents of young children, and low-income, working families.