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Shutdown Threatens Families on WIC

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Keni Kohler of Milford plays with her young son. (Photo: WBOC) Keni Kohler of Milford plays with her young son. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del.– The Delaware WIC program helps feeds thousands of low-income mothers and children. More than 3,000 of them are in Kent County. Their vouchers are still valid right now but many are worried about what will happen if the partial government shutdown lingers into November.

The Delaware Division of Public Health announced it will honor all existing vouchers dated on or after Oct. 1, 2013 because of the shutdown.

Keni Kohler of Milford has been with the WIC program for over a year now. Her son Leihum is allergic to milk and uses a special medical formula. Kohler said it is very expensive and not available in stores in the area. WIC has been a huge help providing her with everything she needs to take care of her son.

"I go through WIC because it's $45 per can and it's very difficult to get a hold of if you don't really have WIC."

She only has a month's supply left and is concerned about what will happen if the government shutdown lingers on.

"It does affect me being a citizen with children that relies on such a system with just to get by just on medical problems and just because I have to have it for him."

The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services released a statement:

"Delaware WIC offices are open for business and continue to issue benefits. All vouchers can be redeemed as normal."

But if the shutdown continues and WIC is no longer supported, it leaves families like the Kohlers in the dark.

Kohler said paying almost $600 a month just for formula will be a lot to handle without the assistance of WIC. 

"It's an inconvenience. It's hard. Hard on my family because we have to put extra out now because of the circumstances," she said.

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