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Clallam gets big cut in nutritional program for the poor

October 30th, 2013 - 5:29am

(Port Angeles) – Between the Federal government's sequester cuts, and the recent shutdown of governmental services, a lot of women and children in Clallam County may find themselves hungry in the coming months.

Iva Burks, Director the Clallam County's Health and Human Services Department, says the Women, Infants and Children; or WIC program took a hit. She says it amounts to a drop of 120 in the caseloads for Clallam County.

Burks says the federally funded WIC program is intended to be a supplementary program, but it also is an important part of making sure infants and toddlers are getting proper nutrition.

County Health Officer Doctor Tom Locke says there were a number of factors leading to the cuts, and more could come since WIC is funded month to month. Locke says another federal government shutdown would bring another hit to the local program.

Burks said the six-month extensions are the result of uncertainties surrounding “Obamacare”, which takes full effect on January First.

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