Changes coming to local WIC program due to shutdown
A spokesman for the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District said some changes will go into effect Wednesday for the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, due to the partial Government shutdown.
C-UPHD's Director of Maternal and Child Health Brandon Meline said as of Wednesday, anyone who recieves a voucher through WIC will only be able to redeem the voucher for one month. Meline said the vouchers are typically good for three months, but as of now, the state can only guarantee funding for the program through the end of this month.
But Meline added that anyone who received a voucher prior to Wednesday is able to use that voucher through its redemption date. For example, he said if someone was issued a three month WIC voucher on Oct. 1, that voucher is acceptable through Jan. 1.