WIC, Wave feeling impacts of federal shutdown

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Submitted: Tue, 10/08/2013 - 6:09pm
Updated: Wed, 10/09/2013 - 11:51am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The impact of the federal government shutdown continues to be felt locally.

Today New Hanover County Manager Chris Coudriet let commissioners know that the county’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program and Wave Transit are now being impacted thanks to a lack of federal funding for the programs.

In an e-mail to commissioners Coudriet said the New Hanover County Health Department would not accept applications for participation in WIC after today. Coudriet, though, did say there is enough money to support the program’s 3,700 participants through October.

“Should these dollars go away in the next few weeks, the direct benefit impact is on the order of $56,000 per week when compared to prior year funding,” Coudriet wrote.

WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

The county manager also told commissioners Wave Transit has asked the city and county to help fill the gap left from federal dollars not coming in.

“Unless directed otherwise, I intend to let Wave know that I do not intend to bring such a resolution forward, as it is our administrative policy to not replace federal funds with county funds,” Coudriet wrote.


  • Morty Sussman says:

    How did mothers feed their kids before all these Stalinist welfare programs? What did mothers do 50 years ago, let the babies die? It’s not like these females don’t have 9 months to prepare! Nature even gave them the appendages to feed their own babies! But no, without welfare programs all these babies are at risk, the breeders (not mothers, because mothers take care of their kids) are too engrossed with their IPHONEs, baby daddies, MTV and partying to figure out how to feed them. How did we exist at all before this entitlement society made everybody a mindless stooge, who Big Brother has to take care of from cradle to grave? What a worthless nation of helpless good for nothings we have become thanks to BIG GOVT AND LIBERALISM. Now call me names for stating the obvious truth!

  • sadena says:

    Please calm down. Don’t be angry at poor people for being poor and accepting help when help was available. Now that we face the possibility of not having certain federally funded programs to help the poor, they obviously have to find another way to survive, struggling to get by, just like 50 years ago, just like 1500 years ago since there are and there always were poor among us. “Big Brother” is good for helping those who are less fortunate so don’t make these programs out to be evil. Yes, there are those who take advantage, just like there are rich people who take advantage of the poor, but it’s easy to speak against other people’s struggles when you yourself don’t spend the day worrying about how to survive. We are all on this earth to serve one another whenever we are blessed enough to do so. So if “Big Brother” isn’t able to help in the future, instead of being so angry and throwing around insults as though every poor person fits a negative stereotype, find it in your heart to take it easy. Show compassion for others around you when they are in need… you never know when the good Lord might put you in their shoes.

  • Chelley says:

    Ya know Morty, not all mothers are engrossed in iPhone’s, baby fathers , and MTV. Some are seriously not able to breastfeed. I was told i had blood in my milk when I went to pump it and I couldn’t give it to my daughter. So before you go throwing a tantrum about how we’re breeders, and all the crap you said in your rant, think about that.


  • Morty Sussman says:

    I am not angry with “the poor,” rather, you liberal statists who are creating an ever growing underclass of poor. You conveniently ignore the FACT that govt welfare CREATES more poor, and shift the blame to those who would like to actually HELP the poor by increasing their access to jobs in the private sector. The BIG BRO GOVT you worship has no interest in uplifting the poor, they want to increase their numbers for their own political motives. You sir, are either a complete fool, or a clever tool for the welfare state. You want the GOVT to replace what churches and communities used to do. I want the GOVT out of the way of opportunity and economic freedom. Your idol Obama and his Obamacare are merely creating much larger numbers of the poor, as witnessed by the STATISTICS. I would say it is the likes of YOU who is “angry at the poor” by supporting this kind of endemic poverty. Nice try though, leftist, you managed not to call me any names!

  • taxpayer says:

    is a fair share to take from those who do produce to give to those who don’t? After all, the Democratic motto is “From those according to their means and to those according to their needs.”

    I, for one, am tired of subsidizing the able-bodied who choose not to work and collect who-knows-how-much in the way of taxpayer-funded benefits.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Where in the Constitution is the federal government’s authority to take from me to give to someone else? If the government did not take so much of our money to subsidize their welfare programs and all other unconstitutional, we would be able to help our fellow man.

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