LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - WIC breast-feeding peer counselor Tanesha Williams had her hours cut at the office as a result of the sequester earlier this year.
"I got the news of my hours being cut, so of course that affects my income and me being able to provide for my family," Williams said.
After hearing about the government shutdown she said she's not only worried about her job, but also about being able to put food on the table.
"Also, WIC does supplement nutrition for my home and for my kids," Williams said.
It's a concern the Lafayette Women, Infants and Children program coordinator Colleen Batt said they've heard a lot in the past few days. Batt said they get call after call wondering if their federally funded office is still open.
"We are open for services," Batt said. "People can cash their WIC checks."
In a conference call with the State Department of Health, Batt said she was assured the WIC program doors will stay open at the Lafayette office for the time being.
"They anticipate having enough funds to operate for about 30 days here in Indiana with carry-over funds and with food rebate funds," Batt said.
Williams said she isn't due to get anymore checks for another month and wonders if the checks she got this summer are the last.
"A lot of families depend on WIC and it definitely helps," Williams said about WIC. "For me, I'm not only let down as a worker, but also as a participant on the program."
Batt said if the government shutdown lasts longer than 30 days, she's not sure what will happen to WIC services in Lafayette.
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