Pennsylvania WIC Offices Open During Federal
HARRISBURG– Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Michael Wolf reminded
Pennsylvanians today that all Women, Infants and Children (WIC) offices across
the state are open and providing services during the federal government
Pennsylvania WIC program is operating as it normally does at this time, despite
the federal government shutdown,” Wolf said. “All local WIC offices are
currently open and are continuing to provide vital services to the families and
individuals who depend on them in the commonwealth.”
department anticipates that the Pennsylvania WIC program can continue normal
operations in the short-term due to funds carried forward from the previous
year and additional food funds, including rebates.
watching budgets closely and have instructed all local offices to ensure fiscal
responsibility with their allocated funds during this time. If we all keep
focused, we believe we can sustain the program as we normally do for a few
weeks,” said Wolf. “In anticipation of a possible long-term federal government
shutdown, we are working with the United States Department of Agriculture
(USDA) and Governor Corbett’s office to develop a plan to minimize service
disruptions as much as possible.”
say they have enough money to operate it at least through the end of October.
But advocates for the poor worry that 9 million women and children will be at
risk if the shutdown drags on.
mom Cierra Schoeneberger (see-EHR'-ah SHOH'-in-ber-ger) says she doesn't know
how she will afford $40 worth of formula a week for her 4-month-old son if she
loses her WIC benefits.
of the long-term planning process, local WIC agencies have been asked to submit
an outline to the department that details steps to minimize administrative
spending and ways to ensure minimal reductions to participant food benefits
should the shutdown continue for an extended period of time. The department
will then coordinate plans and submit them for review to the USDA.
Pennsylvania WIC program provides services including nutrition services,
breastfeeding support, healthcare and social service referrals, and healthy
foods, to approximately 250,000 recipients per month. In the fiscal year
2013-2014 their federal budget was approximately $208 million.
additional information, recipients can visit www.pawic.com.