Local food banks under pressure after WIC discontinued issuing benefits

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Food banks will likely be under even more pressure to keep shelves stocked following the news that WIC will discontinue issuing benefits during the government shutdown.

WIC, also known as Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, discontinued benefits Tuesday.

Local food banks like Greensboro’s Urban Ministry will have to step it up even more. Executive Director Mike Aiken is thankful for the food drives over the past two weekends, which have brought in about 100 thousand pounds of food – but hopes to keep shelves stocked.

The Greensboro Urban Ministry Food Bank is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays.