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.