Kansas WIC funded despite shutdown

Program money secured until March 4
Kansas WIC funded despite shutdown
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Kansas health officials say the state has enough money to fund the Women, Infants and Children program 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 provide WIC benefits 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.