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Cascade City-County Health Department’s Family Services Division would like to announce that individuals on furlough due to the government shutdown may apply for WIC benefits.

The WIC program’s complete name is “Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.” WIC helps lower-income women (pregnant, breastfeeding, and those who recently had a baby) and infants & children (up to age 5) who are at nutritional health risk.

WIC benefits include:

  • Nutrition assessment, learning, and guidance to improve eating behavior

  • Access to health care programs plus referral to private and public health care providers if needed

  • Food vouchers for supplemental, highly nutritious foods such as iron-fortified cereal, milk & cheese, eggs, 100% juice, peanut butter, canned/dried beans, infant formula, fruits & vegetables, and whole grains

  • Breastfeeding education and support

As with any individual applying for WIC benefits because of a lapse in income, whether applicants receive benefits or not depends on the rest of the household’s income, the size of the household, whether or not the furloughed employee has filed for unemployment, etc. You will need proof of income for the last thirty days in order to apply.

If you want to learn more about applying for WIC benefits, please call the Great Falls WIC office at 406-454-6953 or email us at

CCHD would also like to reiterate its previous statements about the federal government shutdown and its impact on CCHD services and programs. CCHD remains open, and all programs, including WIC, will continue to provide their services as usual.

For more information, please visit or call 454-6950.