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Some beneficiaries of gov't programs worry of another shutdown

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Some folks who are on government programs like WIC are taking precautions should there be another funding interruption. Some folks who are on government programs like WIC are taking precautions should there be another funding interruption.
WAKE FOREST, N.C. -

For many struggling moms on government programs like WIC, the return of full government funding is good news.

But with the possibility of another government shutdown looming in a few months if Congress doesn't pass something more permanent, some folks are wary because another shutdown would impact programs like WIC again.

As a result, some are taking precautions in case there is another interruption.

Christine Herron of Wake Forest is one of those people. With a 2-week-old infant and three other children 5 or younger, she needs help from WIC.

"It takes care of expensive things, things like the $5 gallon of milk, the $2 and $3 loaves of bread or the fruit like grapes that's $5 a quart," she says.

During the WIC shutdown, WNCN  met Herron at a local food pantry, where she was trying to deal with the loss of benefits by getting essential foods there.

When WIC funding became tenuous, Herron felt fortunate because she used food from her garden to help supplement her family's nutrition.

That's just a small part of what she does to make ends meet. She spends hours each weekend clipping and saving coupons.

"I keep coupons for things like coffee and sugar and flour other things so I can afford them," she said. "I shop places that do doubles or triples so I  can get it for much cheaper."

She estimates it saves her up to $400 a month on her grocery bill.

"I've been doing it for years," she said.

Despite all that, she's worried there will be another shutdown in a couple of months, so she has a message for Congress.

"Why are you doing this?," she asks. "You're very well-paid by the American people."

She added, "There are many mothers who will have a tough time and many families who already are in tough times. You need to figure it out."

Steve Sbraccia

Steve is an award-winning reporter for WNCN and former assistant professor. A seasoned professional, Steve is proud to call the Triangle home since 2005 after over two decades in Boston, Mass.  More>>

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