WIC unaffected by government shutdown

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The partial government shutdown is quickly approaching the record for the longest ever, and yet, some important government services are not feeling the effects.

The South Dakota Department of Health's Women, Infants and Children - or WIC - program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Regional Manager Cherie Koch says they're open for business as usual.

Crucially, the program provides supplemental nutrition once a month for pregnant women and children who meet the criteria. Koch says they have received an influx of calls, asking if they're still open.

"Lots of people calling, concerned that we're going to be closed," Koch said. "I just want to encourage everyone who is on our program to continue to be and those of you who might qualify please call and try and come in and see us."

Koch says they could actually take on more families if more people would apply for WIC benefits.