Shutdown Update: In North Carolina, 50,000 Go Without WIC

Despite reports that WIC nationwide would be safe through October, North Carolina reels from shutdown

By Imara Jones Oct 09, 2013

As the government shutdown enters its ninth day, news from across the country shows the growing strain caused by it. According to the Center for American Progress’ Thinkprogress news blog, 50,000 kids under age five and their moms in North Carolina will go without food assistance this month. Due to the federal government’s closed doors, only eight out of 10 of that state’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) recipients got their benefits this month. That left the remainder to try to figure out what to do on their own. Despite reports last week that emergency money would float the nationwide WIC program, help is clearly arriving too late for some. 

But the tough news doesn’t end there.

Thinkprogress, also reports that the local government of Washington DC will run out of money on Sunday. This means that without Congressional action, parts of the city’s public safety, education, transportation and health systems will begin grinding to a halt for DC’s 600,000 residents next week. That’s because approval for the capital’s independent budget is wrapped up in the federal budgeting process.

And, as Politico lays out , just yesterday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had to recall critical workers in order to handle a salmonella outbreak in 18 states. More than 70 percent of that agency is furloughed due to the shutdown.

All of this underscores that with each passing day, the shutdown’s toll on the nation’s most vulnerable grows higher.