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WIC checks no longer available during shutdown

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

One victim of the government shutdown: Families who receive WIC assistance, or a supplement nutrition program for women, infants and children.

Due to the government shutdown, WIC clients will not be receiving checks until further notice.

Officials say they received notice from the state saying they can operate for 10 days, but they said they don't have money for WIC checks.

"We can see them. We can get all ready to issue the checks, and then as soon as the government shutdown is done we can mail those checks out immediately," said Barb Grant, executive director.

They are, however, asking people to still come to their appointments.

"If nobody's come in during the days when the government's been shut down, we're not going to be able to see the people who are already scheduled on the day that the government starts up again," said Grant. "Plus all the people we didn't see during the time when it was closed."

Grant says if the government shut down lasts until Oct. 10, they will have to start laying off their WIC employees.

Officials say if you have checks right now, you can still use them.

The Waterloo WIC office in Operation Threshold serves six counties and in 2012 issued $3.5 million in nutritional assistance.

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