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  • WIC program, passport issuance doesn’t stall with shutdown

  • The nearly week long shutdown of some government services has not had an impact on the federally funded program that provides things like milk, cheese and juice for a large number of qualifying residents.
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  • The nearly week long shutdown of some government services has not had an impact on the federally funded program that provides things like milk, cheese and juice for a large number of qualifying residents.
    WIC, as it is commonly referred to, is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture. The program on a federal level was suspended during the partial government shutdown.
    But according to staff with the WIC program, because the funding comes from the USDA to the state, they still have the funding needed to operate for the time being. The state is expected to release additional information on the funding situation by the end of the month.
    The partial shutdown has also not slowed down the process of visas and passports. The Camden County Commission office, the local entity that handles passport applications, is running on a business as usual schedule. The federal government has not put a stop on visa and passport applications because there are fees associated with obtaining the documents.
    The county continues to process passports. The cost is $135 for normal processing; $175 for expedited.
    The county has processed 519 in 2013. In 2012, the county processed 522.
     
    What is WIC?
    WIC is a special supplemental food program for women, infants and children funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. The program provides nutritious foods and nutrition education to eligible participants.
    WIC strives to improve the health of participants by providing the following benefits:
    • Coupons for Nutritious Foods
    • Nutrition Education and Counseling
    • Links to other Health and Social Service Agencies
    Am I eligible?
    WIC is offered to persons who meet the following eligibility requirements:
    • Pregnant Women
    • Postpartum Women (up to 6 months after delivery)
    • Breastfeeding Women (up to 12 months after delivery)
    • Infants
    • Children up to 5 years
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