WIC program good for another six months

The Amarillo City Commission accepted a six-month contract for the Cityâ??s Women, Infants and Children nutritional program.

The money for the program is federal, passed through the Texas Department of Health Services and then through the city.

That means the government shutdown would negatively affect the program that currently services more than 8,000 participants.

James Allan of the City of Amarillo says, "think about it. Thatâ??s a very needed funding source. Itâ??s extremely important. We need that funding."

There is an option to extend it another six months, but the government shutdown puts a lot of funding into question.

HUD grants to the city are also in question.

Allan said they have enough through December, but after that, he said theyâ??ve received no indication from the government what to expect.

He said it would be very difficult for local governments or the state to make up for the lost federal revenue to pay for such programs.