NC Food Pantries Expect More Clients In Wake Of WIC Shutdown - WSPA.com

NC Food Pantries Expect More Clients In Wake Of WIC Shutdown

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The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children also known as the WIC program will stop issuing benefits. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children also known as the WIC program will stop issuing benefits.
HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. -

If the government shutdown continues through the end of October, an estimated 300 people in Henderson County may soon have to rely on area food pantries for assistance.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children also known as the WIC program will stop issuing benefits.

The state does not have enough money to cover any additional vouchers for federally-funded program.

Officials say vouchers already issued for October can still be used.

In the meantime, those who need benefits will be placed on a waiting list. Officials are also working with local food pantries to provide help to clients in need.

But many non-profit organizations, like the Salvation Army and Interfaith Assistance Ministry in Hendersonville are low on donations.

“The food stamp issue really caused an influx of people,” said Cheryl Grudger-Thompson with the Salvation Army.

Thompson says the state’s new DHHS computer system installed earlier this year caused delays in food stamp benefits.

The glitch caused hundreds of people to seek emergency assistance.

Thompson is working to restock the pantry’s shelves and order items that WIC clients may soon need.

The Salvation Army of Henderson County is seeking donations of:

  • Canned Soup:
    • Beef Stew
       
    • Chicken and Dumplings
       
  • Tuna
  • Vegetables
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Dry beans
  • Macaroni and cheese

Donations can be dropped-off at the Salvation Army located at 239 3rd Avenue East in Hendersonville.

Interfaith Assistance Ministry is also seeking donations. The agency needs:

  • Baby food
  • Canned vegetables
  • Quick grits
  • Oatmeal
  • Laundry detergent

Donations can be delivered to 210 Ehringhause Street, Hendersonville.

Related:
North Carolina Will Not Issue More WIC Vouchers This Month
122,000 SC Women & Children Could Lose Food in Govt Shutdown
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