Emergency Infant Services temporarily extending its services

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 10/10/2013 10:21 pm Published: 10/10/2013 9:37 pm

Current funding for the Women, Infants, and Children program here in Tulsa will most likely go away by the end of October because of the government shutdown.

For the hundreds of families who depend on those resources each month, the idea can be daunting.

"I know for me in this situation is pulling a lot out of pocket that can go to bills we have to pay on a monthly basis" Crystal Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez has small children and depends on WIC to get her by.

"Mentally, you're thinking it's not a lot but it is a lot when it's not there," said Rodriguez.

During this critical time, Emergency Infant Services will temporarily extend its services to increase from four visits a year to once a month for those with a WIC voucher.

"We don't want a baby to be a victim of their parent's circumstances, but it's not their parent in this case, it's the federal government," said Tom Taylor, Emergency Infant Services.

The primary focus will be making sure families get the formula that they need for their babies.

"We are a privately funded non-profit so thankfully we don't get any government funding so our funding is not being affected," said Taylor.

For families like Rodriguez's it's a big relief to know that if the WIC funding temporarily halts, she can come here to Emergency Infant Services in the interim.

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