GREENSBORO -- Due to the government shutdown, nearly 50,000 low-income women, infants, and children in North Carolina are losing WIC benefits.
Greensboro Urban Ministry says they found out Wednesday and decided to step in.
The state announced that after Tuesday the money was no longer there to fund the program Tuesday evening. The program served 264,000 state residents in September and has already given October vouchers to eighty percent of enrollees. These enrollees will still be able to use their benefits until the end of October.
Urban Ministry is in the process of recruiting donation sites around the city to help the remaining twenty percent without benefits this month. They say they are hoping to recruit local grocery stores, congregations, schools and businesses.
Any group that is interested on helping with this drive is asked to contact Urban Ministry Food Bank at 336-553-2672.
Food Lion has also stepped in to help food banks.