The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 3, 2013

State's WIC offices to remain open


The Daily Item

— 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 will continue to provided service during the federal government shutdown.

“The 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.”

The 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.

“We are 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.”The 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.