The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control confirmed it will continue funding the federal Women, Infant, and Children program through Oct. 31, even though the federal government shutdown has temporarily suspended money for the program.

β€œTo make sure that the 122,000 low-income families that we serve through WIC continue receiving essential nutritional services during the federal shutdown, DHEC is dipping into agency savings and asking our employees to make some sacrifices,” said DHEC Director Catherine Templeton in a prepared statement.

The shutdown has also impacted hospital certification and nuclear oversight programs in the state, which DHEC manages.