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DHHS finds funds to keep WIC program going through Oct.

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WIC benefits will continue in North Carolina.

The state Department of health and Human Services announced Thursday night the benefits would start back up despite the ongoing government shutdown.

Secretary Aldona Wos announced the department found extra funds to keep the program running through the end of October.

DHHS stopped issuing new WIC vouchers on October 8, citing the government shutdown which pays more than $200 million to the program every year.

The WIC program provides food vouchers, nutrition education and health care referrals for more than 250,000 women and children every month in North Carolina.

"By securing sufficient funds, we are able to continue supporting the women and children who depend on WIC," Wos said. "Our state is one of the highest volume states for the WIC program so we take the impact of the shutdown very seriously."

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