WIC program considered "non-essential" during shutdown

South Carolina's Department of Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) was informed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Monday that the Women, Infant, and Children program is considered "non-essential" under the shutdown and will not receive federal funding.

The WIC program offers supplemental food assistance for children and pregnant women.

DHEC says WIC clients should continue using their vouchers as usual and WIC-approved vendors should continue to honor those vouchers.

DHEC has identified some reserve funding to continue processing WIC vouchers at this time, but services will be interrupted and reimbursements will be discontinued on October 15, 2013 unless the USDA releases funds.