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Federal inaction could affect WIC next month

Oct 11, 2013 - The Associated Press

Partially funded with federal funds, WIC currently serves more than 11,000 participants a month.

State agencies that administer federally funded programs for the poor are working on contingency plans in case the partial federal government shutdown continues into November.

The Wyoming Department of Family Services would face a gap of $2.2 million per month in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance programs.

State Health Department spokeswoman Kim Deti says it's unlikely that the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program could continue to operate without federal funds in November.

Deti said WIC currently serves more than 11,000 participants a month.

But officials with the school lunch program run by the Wyoming Department of Education are confident they have enough money to last until the end of November.

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