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Sequestration Nation: Who's Going to Feel the Cuts?

By Emma Fidel - 2013-03-20T11:54:45Z

Photograph by  Essdras M Suarez/The Boston Globe

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Poor Children

The 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.