Federal shutdown not expected to impact WIC

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — At this time, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) does not expect the shutdown of the federal government to have an immediate impact on local WIC services.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (better known as the WIC Program) is a federal program that serves to safeguard the health of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating including breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to healthcare.

Any updates about WIC services will be posted at www.health.ri.gov.

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