First up at ten. According to reports depending on how long the government shutdown lasts services like WIC could be affected.
With the way things are going WIC can run for about a week or two before it becomes critical. So what about here in Laredo? James Johnson joins us with more, James.
WIC and the services they provide for families is important, I visited the Laredo Health Department today to find out whether or not people here in Laredo should worry.
WIC, it's a public service nutrition program for women, infants, and children. The local WIC program here in Laredo serves 22,000 participants and has 17 clinics program wide. The government shutdown has affected many things, so should people be worried about receiving their WIC benefits?
[cg:newsuper\nora martinez\city of laredo health department] 12:44:34:27 "the state of Texas hasn't been impacted as far as WIC goes unless we get a directive from the department state health services.
According to chief nutritionist, Nora Martinez, as soon as news hit about the government shutdown and how it’s was affecting government programs; they started receiving calls not only from clinics but WIC employees as well. Depending on what happens with this shutdown everyone is concerned.
[cg:newsuper\nora martinez\city of laredo health department] 12:46:05:21 "were all worried about our pay checks, medical insurance. There's employees that work check to check.
Every participant using WIC services averages 47 dollars a month on food benefits and if these services were to stop a lot of families would be without your basic foods like, milk, eggs, bread, fruits and vegetables. Lydia Alvarado uses WIC to get formula for her baby and explains how the WIC program helps.
[cg:newsuper\lydia alvarado\uses wic] 13:06:02:09 "it would effect me in a big way formulas expensive/ 13:06:25:10 every visit WIC helps out at least 100 dollars a month.
So as of right now everyone who uses WIC has nothing to worry about. According to the health department its business as usual but if do have any questions or concerns feel free to give them a call. For KGNS, I'm James Johnson.