Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- It is day two of the federal government shut down and the gridlock in Washington D.C. has made an impact right here in the Midlands.
Tuesday, DHEC announced it had found additional funding to keep the Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, program running until October 15. The program helps provide nutritional food to low-income women, infants and young children.
Wednesday, the agency said that additional money was coming from contingency funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a result of the shutdown.
According to DHEC, about 122,000 South Carolinians receive services from WIC each month. Here is an average monthly breakdown by region:
• Lowcountry - 26,392
• Pee Dee - 29,605
• Midlands - 31,448
• Upstate - 35,223
The agency says about $8 million federal dollars are spent in our state providing help to those who receive WIC in our state every month.
The department say it will monitor its projection on how long the additional funding with last every day.
DHEC said it did not want to speculate on what would happen if the shutdown continued and funding ran out, but the agency says it is looking for additional funding that could sustain services.