The Insite has learned some Harris County employees have received their walking papers.

Rita Obey with the county’s health department confirms 10 employees have been laid off from the WIC program. 

Obey says as a result fewer clients relying on the federal assistance – the county has opted to reduce its workforce. 

We’re told at least 10 people are being laid off from WIC which accounts for 6% of the workers in the county and federally funded program.

The upside to this is fewer people are relying on the government aid which could mean more people have an income level that sustains their families. 

What is WIC?

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children – better known as the WIC Program – serves to safeguard the health of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating including breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to health care.