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Filling the Gap
Updated: Wednesday, October 2 2013, 10:28 PM CDT
MARION, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - More than 66-thousand Iowans rely on the WIC or Women, Infants and Children’s Program for food and services. Following the government shutdown and loss of funding, many families suddenly find themselves looking for alternatives.
Teresa Diers knows what it’s like to be a stressed out mom. Three of her four children are special needs including four-year old twins. She and some of her friends once relied on the WIC program to feed their own babies so a recent post on Facebook caught their eye. “ It was a mother saying I’m supposed to have my baby in five days, how am I going to get formula.”
That moved those moms in the corridor to start a special Facebook page called Helping Hands During the WIC Freeze. It’s putting parents in need in touch with people willing to donate baby formula and supplies. One person even offered to take moms in need to Hy Vee and help them shop for whatever they’re lacking for their children. Teresa says many of those donating know WIC works because they used it during tough times in their own lives. " This is one way that we can give back we're non-partisan so we're just mothers trying to get together and help out. "
So far the moms say the Facebook page has brought an amazing response and they are overwhelmed by the generosity of those who want to help.
They say while congress wages war, those on the Helping Hands During the WIC Freeze Facebook page aren’t waiting for lawmakers. They plan to step up and help out before any babies go without. " It's so important when these babies are not going to have their formula when they come home .. this is a problem and in America, the richest country in the word we should be able to provide for those families. "
For any moms who need help with formula or food or for anyone who wants to donate, you can go to the Helping Hands During the WIC Freeze Facebook page. We also have a link to that page right here on our website.