Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has warned that a substantial majority of the 7 million recipients of benefits from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) could face disruptions if Congress fails to approve spending bills before the Saturday midnight deadline as the government shutdown looms.
The threat of a government shutdown looms, and concerns about hunger for millions have been raised by President Biden and US officials
Contrary to initial reports, it has been clarified that approximately 50 percent of newborns in the US are eligible for WIC, as the program specifically targets those in need. The data from the Department of Agriculture indicates that the coverage rate, of those participating compared to the total eligible hovers around half. In some states, such as New York, around 48.7 percent of the eligible population would qualify, and about half of that group would utilize the benefits.
While there is some inconsistency in the information provided by the USDA, it is evident that the claim that half of US newborns rely on WIC is inaccurate as the government shutdown looms.
In the event of a government shutdown looms, programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will continue to provide aid throughout October
Additionally, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has assured that housing vouchers will still be administered, though delays in FHA-insured loans may occur.
In summary, while some programs for those in need may experience temporary disruptions as the government shutdown looms, essential support systems will continue to function in some capacity. It is crucial for media outlets and politicians to provide accurate information rather than sensationalize the situation as the government shutdown looms.