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Crawford County WIC program remains active despite federal government shutdown

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Just days into a federal government shutdown...crucial programs are beginning to feel the punch. Another area organization that could be hit...the WIC program in Crawford County.
 
"Kansas is continuing the WIC program, temporarily." says Crawford County Health Officer, Janis Goedeke.

WIC provides services for low-income women and their children.. From supplies to medical care.

The program in the Crawford county health department building serves residents of Crawford, Bourbon and Allen counties.

The program remains open for now, but it's only a matter of time before money starts to run out...leaving program participants without alternatives.

In a statement sent to us by wic program participant, Amanda Sustarsic, she says

"I get wic for my 2 yr old daughter. I am a single mom on 1 income. I don't know what I would do if wic got canceled. It really helps us.. This is going to affect a lot of people who really need the help.  I have been on wic since I first found out I was pregnant back in 2010.. I hope the government finds a way to work this out before such a good helpful service has to close the doors.. Sadly this could affect babies and toddlers who have no idea what is even going on, very sad."

Officials tell us they plan to continue everything as normal as possible, and continue their daily operations until the money is gone and the state tells them otherwise.

"We hope to be able to keep it open at least for a couple of weeks, and from there we'll be looking at other avenues and certainly our priority is taking care of our clients and their needs." Goedeke says.

Program participants like, Maggie Batilia say:

"I'm currently a young pregnant mother who is unemployed, because nobody will hire me due to my pregnancy. My boyfriend, who is the father of my child, is the only one working to provide for us. He makes a little over minimal wage, yet we have bills to pay as well. The WIC program needs to stay open for the children. They are an innocent bystander. Yes, the money also helps with the mothers who need the nurture and food to provide for their baby while pregnant and the checks help with that same nurture for the child and mother. Even if a mother is working full time, she still may have issues buying items for her child who needs all the nourishment and care that WIC provides. The government needs to quit worrying about how the Democrats and Republicans feel and say. Congress needs to worry about the American people! There are barely any jobs in this world and if there are jobs, they don't provide enough money, enough hours or they have qualifications that most people don't qualify under, because they're so picky. Or they choose illegal immigrants, because they'll work cheaper. What about the American people? What about our children? Will my child be able to grow up with not worrying about money in their pocket, like we do today? Some may disagree with me, but that's fine. Everyone's entitled to their opinion. But with the government not being able to get their heads together and think for the American people, no jobs, and the prices of everything so high, eventually everyone will be in poverty or homeless! The WIC programs helps mother, let alone the children to at least have nourishment in and out of their mother's belly!"

In the mean time, officials will continue appointments as scheduled, and vendors will continue to provide their services.

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