How a potential government shutdown could impact people in Massachusetts

BOSTON – In a matter of days Shaunea Tavares doesn’t know if her WIC benefits will be there to help with the food assistance she relies on for her 2-year-old son, Khalib.

“My child, he loves milk, fruits, veggies, he loves veggies, so those things come in handy, especially in the month where you are lacking funds. It helps a lot,” said Tavares.

It’s one of several federally-funded programs that could be impacted by a government shutdown. The President of Action for Boston Community Development, Sharon Scott-Chandler, said the most vulnerable are the most impacted. “They are already trying to access resources they don’t have. Then they hear maybe no WIC, no food access it causes extra stress.”