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MASON CITY, Iowa - We’ve told you about the many government funded programs that are being affected by the shutdown. And today we're learning how the shutdown is affecting many local families with small children.
"That’s like taking food out of children's mouths."
Corinne Sills is concerned about how the government shut down will affect families that rely on the WIC Program.
WIC stands for Women, Infants and Children and is a government funded program that provides federal grants for food and nutritional education for low income families and foster families.
Sills works closely with foster families... families like Caren Brunsvolds'.
"Some of the formula the babies get are more expensive especially if they're on a specialized formula so the WIC checks are able to help,” says Brunsvold.
She is a foster parent and knows first hand how expensive it can be to care for a foster child.
But as long as the government is shut down... the checks that families rely on won't be coming.
"From my understanding the checks that are currently issued from WIC so if parents already have the checks those are being granted. Parents are able to go out and use those but after October 31st they are not issuing any more checks,” explains Brusnvold.
And that means it's up to the foster parents to pay out of pocket for things like formula and food and Brunsvold says some formula can cost up to thirty dollars a can, especially if the child needs a special diet.
"What our concern is, is that parents will start to dilute formula, that they will be using less formula with more water, they may be substituting milk or other items that really don't provide for the nutritional needs,” says Cathrine Stack.
Stack is working with Brunsvold and Sills to put forth an effort to help these families who rely on the government funding to care for their foster kids.
They say communities tend to come together after disasters to donate food to a local food bank, and for these women the need for help is no different.
The women are planning benefits and formula drives.
They are still working out the details, but are planning for some time around the end of the month.
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