Government shutdown hits Baton Rouge moms in need
BATON ROUGE - Mothers in need of help to feed their children were turned away Wednesday morning by WIC after the government shutdown.
"It was really heartbreaking in there this morning, because so many people were getting turned down. I haven't even though about the government; I haven't been keeping up with it. Once we got in there everybody was really upset and throwing a fit," said WIC participant Jenna Babin.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, provides families with vouchers for food like milk, bread, cheese, cereal and infant formula as well as other necessities.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said due to the lapse in federal funding, WIC can't accept any new applicants. The USDA believes there is enough money to keep the program running for two more weeks.
"I don't really know what to think about it. I mean how can the government just shut down when all these people that need this program? Like how can they just tell them that no we're no doing this anymore, you have to leave and just let them leave? It's just really stressful," said Babin.
After Oct. 15 mothers will have to find other means to provide for their children.
"I do have family that can help me. There are mothers that don't have the help, and that's the sad part," said WIC participant Cicely Silva.
WIC serves an average of 140,000 people in Louisiana each month, according to the Department of Health and Hospitals.