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Shutdown impacts parents' access to formula for infants

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The government shutdown is bearing down on more than 600 Kansas City-area families.

Those families receive what are called WIC vouchers at the Kansas City Health Department - vouchers used to feed their infants.

But, with the government shutdown, things are looking dire past October for the people who use WIC, which stands for Women, Infant, and Children.

"If WIC is not available, then formula will not be available to families we refer here," said Jarron Sanderson, director of Family Supportive Services, Catholic Charities.

WIC is a federally-funded program that helps feed and educate families considered members of the "working poor."

Groups like Catholic Charities are trying to plan ahead, asking for private donations of formula should the government shutdown last more than a few weeks. But, it could be a very rough time for the families.

"The education, the assistance won't be there, childcare, transportation, those kinds of things, there won't be anybody there to coordinate that," Sanderson contends.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says it only has enough federal money to sustain the program for a few more weeks. And the Kansas City Health Department said it's been told funding could run out anytime past October.

"I think there's a general disconnect between the rhetoric at that level and what it actually means for people," said Sanderson.

Again, Catholic Charities is asking for formula donations. You can drop those donations off at five area locations. Click here for the list of donation sites.

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