In Plain Sight

WIC program support for moms and babies threatened by government shutdown

Low-income mothers, pregnant women, babies and young children who rely on government assistance to purchase food and get health care referrals and nutrition education could see that help cut off now that the government is shut down.

Nearly 9 million mothers and children receive benefits under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

J'Kai Jackson, 25 years old, is the mother of 9-month-old Savannah. J'Kai is in college, studying to be a paralegal. She and Savannah live in Weaver Gardens, a transitional housing facility in Atlanta for single moms. Of the 14 women living there, 11 rely on WIC.

In this video, by NBC News Producer Leo Juarez, she explains why WIC is so important to her and her daughter, and why she's frustrated with the government shutdown.


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