The government shutdown is approaching the two-week mark with no end in sight. And now that the holidays are over, its effects are becoming more apparent — not just on federal workers’ salaries, but on everything from science to beer.
Here are some surprising impacts of the government shutdown:
Low-income moms and their kids may not get nutritional assistance
Certain food programs run by the Department of Agriculture could be affected by the shutdown if it continues.
Among those threatened is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), which provides nutritional assistance to more than 7 million low-income women and their children.
The WIC is currently operating normally, said Rev. Douglas Greenaway, president and CEO of the National WIC Association (NWA), a non-profit education arm and advocacy voice for the program. But that could change if the shutdown keeps up.
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