Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Federal funding for the Women, Infant and Children Program (WIC) won't be there while the federal shutdown continues.
WIC provides food to low-income mothers and small children.
The program is considered by the federal government to be non-essential, and therefore isn't exempt from the spending freeze.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says WIC clients should continue using their vouchers as usual and WIC-approved vendors should continue to honor those vouchers.
DHEC says they have some reserve funding that will help them process WIC vouchers for now, but reimbursements will stop on October 15th unless the shutdown ends.