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WIC funding cut due to government shutdown

Reported by: Jessica Albert
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Updated: 10/02/2013 6:45 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — Lacey King is a mother of five and one of millions of mothers who uses WIC to feed their children.

"It's a lifeline for us," King said.

Without WIC, she says her family would be in trouble.

"It's a little bit devastating," King said "If they're going to take this away, what are they going to take away next."

The United States Department of Agriculture stopped funding the WIC program Tuesday.

This announcement shocked mother Vickey Young.

"Everyone just panicked because they are depending on this milk and food for these babies," Young said.

Right now, WIC centers in our state will remain open and continue to give out food, but the Mississippi State Department of Health says they'll re-evaluate on a week-to-week basis how long they'll be able operate during the government shutdown.

That leaves many mothers unsettled.

"People out here that need help are depending on the government," Young said.

Mothers say their main concern is their children's health.

"Without WIC, there's thousands of children that will go without the nutritious items they receive here," Mother Brenda McGlothlin said.

McGlothlin says the government should take a second look at what it's doing.

"Look at their spending, put themselves on the budgets that we live on as people," McGlothlin said.

Most of these mothers are uncertain as to what they will do without WIC.

King says luckily for her, she has family to fall back on, but for her friends.

"A lot of my friends that use this service don't have family to help."

The Mississippi State Department of Health says the cut in funding will also affect Department of Health employees.

She says she hopes this shutdown will be taken care of quickly.
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