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WIC service could feel shutdown sting

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Krista Craft is expecting her third child in a few months Krista Craft is expecting her third child in a few months

The Woman, Infants and Children program, more commonly known as WIC, serves 53% of all infants born in the United States.

It provides screenings and health checks to pregnant mothers and helps provide food and formula for kids up to age 5.

It also provides educational classes for mothers about nutrition and breastfeeding.

But the government shutdown has brought a potential cut in funding, which could leave a lot of families lacking.

The state WIC office said they will continue to operate until the end of this month, but after Oct. 31, things get a little hazy.

WIC, formally known as The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, helps low income families afford the essentials like infant formula, cereal, fruits and vegetables, dairy items and other healthy food.

Krista Craft is expecting her third child in a few months. Craft has used WIC services for her 3-year-old and 6-month-old daughters.

"Not only do your children grow up having what they need, but the parent also grows as their child grows." Craft said.

But beyond getting formula and food to help families, the classes coach and walk new mothers through the ups and downs of the first few years of motherhood.

"It's not only just the food assistance and the formula," Craft said. "It's the teaching, the classes, the growth development."

You can learn more about WCI here: http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/aboutwic/wicataglance.htm

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