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WIC vouchers going to waste in Vanderburgh County

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The sequester cuts are expected to eliminate aid to more than 11,000 women and children enrolled in the WIC program across Indiana.

WIC is more than just a voucher program, officials say it's also a health education program.

The "my plate" outlines which food groups children should be eating at every meal. The plate replaces the traditional food pyramid to teach parents and children.

Depending on when the cuts begin, the lowest priority group of postpartum women who are not breastfeeding, will be cut first. 

The WIC program in Vanderburgh County serves about 4,000 people. But not everyone enrolled is taking advantage.  

"The sad thing about that, 500 people every month who could walk in our doors and pick up checks for their free food, don't do that," Nursing Director Diana Simpson said.

Simpson said the program is incredibly successful, for those who take the time, to take advantage of the assistance.  

Abigail Bush joined the program when she was pregnant with her daughter, McKenzie. The program provided baby food and formula and now helps Abigail learn just what her little one needs.

"I'm kind of guilty of not being as vegetable friendly as I need to be, but it does help because it shows you what you need to give them and the portions they actually eat are not at all the portions you think they should eat," Bush said.

Every three months, all Abigail has to do is swing by the office for a quick wellness visit. But now that McKenzie isn't breast feeding, the pair is now in the first category of recipients to lose benefits.  

To learn more about the program and see if your family is eligible, click here.

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