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Posted on: January 23, 2019

[ARCHIVED] County Residents Furloughed Due to Federal Government Shutdown May Be Eligible for WIC

LARGO, MD – The Prince George’s County Health Department wants to ensure residents who are furloughed federal government employees and contractors know they may be eligible to participate in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) assistance program.

Persons from families with adult members who are furloughed shall be eligible based on income during the period of unemployment if the loss of income causes the current rate of family income to be within the income guidelines for program eligibility.

“We want to make sure furloughed Prince Georgians have as many financial safety nets as possible while they anxiously await a resolution to the wickedness going on in Congress,” said Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks.  “Please know that while things may have grinded to a halt in Washington, we are continuing to fight and serve on your behalf.”

WIC offers supplemental nutrition and breastfeeding support to pregnant and postpartum women and children, birth through five years of age.  If you are a father, mother, grandparent, foster parent, or other legal guardian of a child under five years of age, you can apply for WIC for your child or for yourself if you are pregnant or postpartum. WIC benefits are not limited only to food. Participants have access to other resources, including health screenings, immunizations and referrals to health services including links to primary care, mental health, substance misuse/abuse providers and more.  

Furloughed residents and their family members may also take advantage of a wide range of other health care services offered by Prince George’s County and its community partners.

For more information about WIC benefits, please visit or call 1-800-242-4942 to be connected to a local WIC office.

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