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Local WIC Families Could Suffer From Government Shutdown

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 "They cannot go without food,"said Jodi Winter.

Jodi Winter is an unemployed mother of three.  Her oldest is 13 year-old Brittany, 5 year old Conner and   one month old Alaina.  She depends on the WIC program to supply her with nutrient-friendly foods every month.

 "There's cereal, bread, milk, beans, rice, peanut butter, juice, eggs, cheese, a wide variety," said Winter.

With the government shutdown, Winter says she's worried how she'll make ends meet next month if something happens and she loses that resource.

 

The Illinois Department of Human Services distributes WIC vouchers on a month by month basis and because of the shutdown, its leaving November and beyond up in the air.

"It's very important to receive the food to make sure not only myself, but my kids don't go without," said Winter.

She's even weighing other avenues as options just in case her benefits for November don't come.

" I've considered work options. There are food pantries I can reach out to," said Winter.

A WIC recipient for 10 years, Winter says she hopes Congress can resolve the crisis and not leave like hers paying the price.

"Not only does the food they provide benefit us but it's a resource as well so we don't go hungry. I can go for a little longer than the kids can," said Winter.