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(WBIR) The Knox County Health Department announced Tuesday that the WIC program will continue despite the government partial shutdown.

Officials said there is enough money for the program to continue through the end of October.

"WIC" stand for Women, Infants and Children. It's a program that supplies vouchers for nutritious food and education to eligible pregnant women and new mothers. Across our region, 20,000 women are enrolled any given month.

The federal government is not providing money to pay the administrative costs of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. However, the federal program is administered by state employees and local health departments. Those employees will continue to working through the shutdown.

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