Ohio says nutrition program secure into November

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio health officials say a special nutrition program for mothers and young children has sufficient funding to continue into November, despite the partial federal government shutdown.

The Health Department says the supplemental program for Women, Infants, and Children called WIC is assured of operating into the second week of November with existing resources, and likely could extend beyond that.

There has been concern nationally about looming impacts on the federal program that provides support services and healthy foods to pregnant women and mothers of children up to age 5.

Ohio health department spokesman Robert Jennings says there are more than 260,000 WIC participants in Ohio. He says the state should be able to extend the program if necessary with rebates from makers of baby formula and other program items.

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