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Food Assistance Program Not Affected By Shutdown

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The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services says one state food assistance program has not yet been affected by the partial government shutdown.

WIC is a federally-funded supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children.

There are about 20,000 people statewide that use the program. Currently, the Department of Public Health and Human Services uses funding carried over from the 2013 fiscal year. But, they  say it's only a short-term fix.

"Right now, we're able to distribute those funds as same as we always have, but we are hoping the federal government comes to a quick resolution," said Jon Ebelt with the Department of Public Health and Human Services.

Ebelt said they are working alternative plans for the program if the shut down continues.  The supplemental nutrition assistance program known as SNAP is not affected by the shutdown.

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