The women, infants and children program also known as WIC is federally funded. WIC offices throughout the state remain open despite the lack of funding as a result of the government shutdown. WFFT spoke to a WIC recipient and officials who say they don't know how long the office will stay open without the funding.
So far everything at the WIC center inside the Neighborhood Health Clinic seems normal. It’s open and operating and no employees have been furloughed. WIC is a federal program and officials say they're preparing for the worst.
"I didn’t have a job because I'm a teenage mom," says a WIC recipient.
She says, without WIC she doesn’t know how she would make ends meet.
"I'm living with my mom and she couldn’t buy milk because it's so expensive. $20 a can is a lot," she said.
Alisha is one of thousands that depend on WIC throughout the state of
"It’s a big hit to peoples budget if they cant get these foods and of course the high nutrition foods are much more expensive in the grocery store than the snacks," said Haupert.
The office is only operating because of unused grant money from past years. The Indiana State Department of Health would not say how long they would keep WIC afloat. Instead, they issued this statement:
"WIC services continue to be fully operational in every county. The program will share information immediately if alternative plans need to be implemented."
All of the workers in the WIC office are not federal employees but if congress does not come to a decision soon about federal spending, the neighborhood health clinic may have to make cuts of their own.
"If we have to shut down the program, they will have to be laid off from us," said Haupert.
The Neighborhood Health Clinic says if they are forced to shutdown their WIC program, they will let all clients know with as much advance as possible. They’ll also be directing clients to local food banks as an alternative.