Washington residents who are a part of the Women, Infants and Children program, known as WIC, will not be impacted by the government shutdown. A spend it forward contingency plan is providing the program in Washington enough funding to stay open for the next nine days.
Over 20,000 low income families benefit from WIC which provides vouchers for healthy food options and formula for families as well as other health care services. Kim Papich with the Spokane Regional Health District said that they don't anticipate the closure of any clinics at this time.
This isn't the first time this year the WIC program has faced closure for budget reasons. This summer, WIC encouraged participants to use checks early in the case of a shutdown on the state level. The state shutdown never materialized, but to avoid having to stop services with the federal shutdown WIC is using emergency funds from last year.