ST. GEORGE – Utah’s Women, Infants and Children program will resume full operations Friday, according to a news release from the Utah Department of Health. WIC clinics throughout the state are expected to reopen at noon and will begin issuing food vouchers immediately.
The program, which is funded by the federal government but administered by state and local officials, provides new and expectant mothers with prenatal vitamins, baby formula and food while they are pregnant and nursing. After being suspended indefinitely on Wednesday as a result of the federal government shutdown, the program was rescued by a $2.5 million emergency grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The grant will allow the program to continue operating at full scale at least through the end of October; however, Utah WIC Director Chis Furner said that’s about as far as the money will go.
“Unfortunately, we’re not entirely out of the woods,” Furner said in the statement issued by the Health Department. “If Washington can’t reach an agreement to end the shutdown by the end of this month, we’ll likely wind up in the same position we found ourselves in earlier this week.”
The Southwest Utah Public Health Department confirmed that all WIC clinics in the area will be open Friday at noon and will continue to operate under normal business hours for the rest of the month.
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