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restoration of $250 million to the Women, Infants and Children program on March
21 blunted fears that hundreds of thousands of people would lose access to the program.
WIC, which helps some 9 million poor people, originally faced cuts of about
$350 million under sequestration. The program offers breastfeeding support for
new mothers and provides vouchers for foods such as infant cereal, vegetables,
milk, cheese and peanut butter, Todd Shields reports. Head
Start, a program that prepares poor children for school, will also lose funding
for about 70,000 kids, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
said in a Feb.1 letter to Congress.