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Food assistance to young mothers and children could be held up within days if government shuts down

A California State Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A California State Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Fresno, California, resident Janet Ortigoza, who may soon lose $44 per month in food assistance for her 7-month-old daughter if the government shuts down this weekend.

And O’Dowd gets the big picture of what a shutdown would mean for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program from Kate Franken, Minnesota WIC director and board chair of the National WIC Association.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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