State: WIC funding available into March despite shutdown

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State health officials say Kansas has enough money to provide WIC benefits into March, even if the partial federal government shutdown continues.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said in a news release Monday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture provided enough extra funding to keep the Women, Infants and Children program going until March 4.

The agriculture department gave Kansas more than $1.4 million for food purchases and nearly $900,000 for Nutrition Services and Administration.

The state agency says the new funds will keep its staff operational until March 13, regardless if the government shutdown continues through February.

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