By Tracy Clemons
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The partial government shutdown could cause the program Women, Infants, and Children, better known as WIC, to run out of money by the end of the month.
WIC provides prenatal care for expectant mothers, and food coupons for low income families with small children under the age of five. Recipients can use those food coupons to buy milk, cheese, bread, and baby formula.
Dr. Delores Gunn with the St. Louis County Health Department says if the government is not running by the end of October, there would be no benefits for who she calls the most vulnerable people.
"If you have children or ever had a kid, you know how hard or expensive it is to get formula, and these needy families have to have infant formula," Gunn said. "And WIC is their primary source of infant formula. Without WIC there's no baby formula."
"WIC means a whole lot to us because milk is high, and cheese is high," shared WIC recipient Kandis Marshall. "I got five kids, so it's been a real good help to us because you can get that for free for the kids' sake."
Dr. Gunn says this would affect tens of thousands of people in the St. Louis region.