Southwest Utah Public Health Department public information officer David Heaton said was relieved to tell workers who were furloughed that they could come back to work so quickly.
“So that was a nice and short vacation thankfully,” Heaton said. “We have no idea where the money came from, but we will be resuming services as of noon today.”
According to a press release issued from the Utah Department of Health the funds were acquired through the United States Department of Agriculture who paid $2.5 million into an emergency fund to keep the program moving while congress decides on a budget.
“The emergency funding is expected to keep the program running at full scale through the end of October,” the press release reported.
Utah WIC director Chris Furner said this does not mean we are “out of the woods” yet, but that this is going to be a big boost the 66,000 mothers who count on WIC services to get food to their babies.
“If Washington can’t reach an agreement to end the shutdown by the end of this month,” she said. “We’ll likely wind up in the same position we found ourselves in earlier this week.”