The move Wednesday by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment comes as the federal government enters the second week of a shutdown caused by disputes between Republicans and Democrats over the Affordable Care Act and other financial issues. Kansas is able to fund WIC purchases made with October checks; however, the agency said it could not guarantee its backing of grocery purchases made with checks dated November and December because it cannot predict the end of the government shutdown.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC) is a federally funded program administered in Kansas by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment through contracts with county health departments. All Kansas WIC clinics currently are fully operational and serving clients.
WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support and supplemental, nutritious foods to low-income families. The Kansas WIC program serves about 70,000 participants every month, including pregnant women, breastfeeding women through the first year of their infant’s life, women who have had a baby within the past six months, infants younger than 1 and children ages 1 to 5.