Children-s Aid Program at Risk

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Women, Infants and Children is a federal program, administered by the states, to help poor families get food they could otherwise not afford. In California, that adds up to more than a million people. But low-income parents who receive WIC subsidies to feed their children say they-re disrespected at ordinary markets. So, specialty stores have sprung up to serve only those customers that have state-issued vouchers. Critics contend that, despite the services they offer, those specialty stores charge so much for milk, eggs and other staples that the program is running out of money. We hear from the stores and the critics.
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