North Carolina Humanist Group Raises Money for Poor Women Affected by Republican Shutdown

You may have heard that the Republican Shutdown of the government halted funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). That’s a program that offers “food vouchers, nutrition education and health care referrals” to millions of poor women nationwide. While some states have found money to keep the program alive, WIC needs help.

In North Carolina, they’ve found funding to last them through October, but the Western North Carolina Humanists intend to keep the program going even longer with their new initiative:

WNC Humanists, the local chapter of the American Humanist Association, a nonprofit organization, will be providing formula and baby food to those in the Western North Carolina area whose needs are no longer being met with the freezing of WIC benefits.

If you’d like to help, consider making a donation to their efforts.

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  • Beth

    Ohio is funded through October, but who knows what will happen. If Ohio gets shut down I personally know some women who are going to be in trouble. I have been couponing (yeah I’m one of those nuts) and I am stocking up on pasta, cereal, canned food…all free or very cheap. If it comes to a shut down I’ll be passing out some food. I just can’t fathom worrying about where my kids’ meals would be coming from. We live in America damn it! People should be eating!

    • WallofSleep

      “We live in America damn it! People should be eating!”

      Fucking-A right! I applaud you for doing what you can to help these people. I wish I had more to offer than sympathy.

      It’s funny, how many of the christians in our country want to wax religious about how our form of gov’t was pulled directly from the bible (it wasn’t), or how our rights were given to us directly by their god (they weren’t), but the minute you start talking about using the force of gov’t to help feed the poor, suddenly they drop the bible’s lessons on helping the least of us and try to act like fucking lawyers and constitutional scholars.

      • Carmelita Spats

        It’s actually quite simple. I asked a TRUE Christian. I asked my Fundamngelical neighbor why he opposed feeding the hungry and he pulled out a heart-warming verse from 2 Thessalonians 3:10 which should be inscribed on every Christian-themed Hallmark card: “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” Affordable housing? The Fundamngelical stated, “If God don’t want some folks to have a house, He must have a reason and I don’t think it is the business of the righteous to interfere.” Instead of saying “Habitat for Humanity”, he refers to the organization as “Housing for Harlots” because it has seduced so many gullible Christians into building homes for those who refuse to help themselves. Your American fundamentalists crack me up.

        • WallofSleep

          “Your American fundamentalists crack me up.”

          They’re not harmless, but they are good for a laugh now and again. It could be worse. There are other parts of the world were their fundamentalists burn little girls alive for committing the sin of learning. That shit ain’t funny no matter how one spins it.

      • Miss_Beara

        They are always “We must protect our most innocent citizens!” (even though it is not a citizen) but that concern ends at birth. It becomes “we got ours and who cares about everyone else.”

        This supposed “Greatest Country on Earth” is embarrassing. Millions of people do not know where their next meal is coming from and the Republicans simply do not care.

  • Art_Vandelay

    Ya know, it’s funny how you…aaah forget it.

    • C.L. Honeycutt

      Funny how you never see Joe Klein choosing to stop mocking others.

  • Jennifer Lovejoy

    Thank you all so much! I’ve been brought to tears several times over the last couple of days by the amount of support we have received. You ALL rock! xoxoxo

  • WallofSleep

    For every day that’s gone by since this gov’t shutdown, I’ve heard of another important service that’s been suspended. Death benefits for our soilders’ families, fields going fallow from lack of subsidies, LEO’s not getting paid, and on and on and on. How the hell the GOP thinks they’re gonna come out of this smelling like anything but a rancid pile of waste is beyond me. We have the internet now, and we can easily fact-check the bullshit coming out of R’s mouths.

    On another note, say what you will about Obama, but I do love the way he beats the bloody hell out of the Bully Pulpit, recently calling out Boehner on live television for his various lies about the ACA and the gov’t shutdown.

    • Jessica Suave

      Fields going fallow? Yeah they tend to do that in October. Cotton, corn, sorghum, soybeans, hay… all done. The only thing getting planted this time of year is wheat, and every wheat farmer in our area is planting. I’m practically choking on the dust in the air from the disc harrows and planters running full tilt.

      LEO not getting paid? Cops are paid by their locality…. city, county or state…. not federal.

    • The Other Weirdo

      Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.

      Mayor: What do you mean, “biblical”?

      Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff.

      Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.

      Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!

      Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes…

      Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!

      Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!

      Mayor: All right, all right! I get the point!

    • midnight rambler

      What’s especially bizarre is how much they’re doubling down on lying, when it’s easier than ever to see that they are. I suppose it’s made up for by lies spreading faster as well. I keep hearing conservatives claiming that it’s “unprecedented” for national parks to be closed during a shutdown and that it didn’t happen during the one in 1995. I was working in a national park at the time, and not only were they closed, but people being upset about it was one of the biggest sources of pressure that made Republicans cave then. And I don’t recall anyone being surprised that the park was closing either.

  • cyb pauli

    Funny you never see Joe Klein raising money for poor women…

  • C Peterson

    Well, to the Republican leadership women only deserve support in their pre-born state. They’d prefer there be no support for post-born women (or anybody else, except failing corporations) even when the government isn’t shut down.

  • A3Kr0n

    Why limit it to baby food and formula instead of allowing anything also allowed under WIC?

    • JohnnieCanuck

      Triage? In case there isn’t enough for everything, they might be assigning priorities.

      Only way to deal with that is to donate enough to cover all the WIC programs.

    • Noelle

      I wondered that as well. WIC also gives food to nursing moms and kids through age 5.

  • Kyle

    “Republican Shutdown”! Really, didn’t the Republicans pass the spending bill and the Democrats vote it down? YES!

    It’s both


    • midnight rambler

      No. Republicans passed a bill in the House, it was amended and passed in the Democratic-led Senate, and now the Republicans in the House refuse to even bring it up for a final vote. Because they know it would pass.

    • GubbaBumpkin

      Dear uninformed person: please get your news somewhere other than Fox. Studies show that FoxNews actually makes you dumber.
      The current problem is not a Republican vs. Democrat standoff, it is a rift in the Republican Party, which by benefit of its “Southern strategy” over the last several decades now finds the old school “fiscal conservatives” being crowded out by Evangelicals and Tea Partiers.
      There are more than two dozen House “moderate” Republicans who have publicly announced that they would vote for a clean “continuing resolution” to re-open the government. Along with the Democrats, that is enough to get the job done. If John Fucking Boehner would let them bring a bill to the House floor.

    • GubbaBumpkin
  • Lori F

    Shouldn’t the politicians be the ones who aren’t being paid?