Gateway Community Action Partnership continues to operate core programs and provide essential services despite the current partial shutdown of the federal government.
Early Childhood Education through Early Head Start and Head Start, nutrition education and services through the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program, energy conservation through Weatherization and LIHEAP, emergency services such as energy payment assistance as well as core agency funding through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) remain fully funded at this point.
Funds for these essential programs have been approved and allocated for 2019.
“This is an unfortunate situation that negatively impacts so many federal workers who provide essential services. Not having those services, and those employees not being paid and therefore unable to support their families, is very difficult for them to endure and for us to comprehend,’ Albert B. Kelly, CCAP, president & CEO of Gateway, said.
Kelly noted that Gateway will continue to offer services as needed to those most vulnerable in our community, and as a member of the National Community Action Partnership, will assist as needed, to promote awareness of the shutdown’s negative effects.
The agency is operating as per usual and programs and services information can be accessed by calling 856-451-6330 or through the website at www.gatewaycap.org.
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program is one of Gateway’s largest outreach programs, serving thousands of clients in Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem counties.
Gateway's WIC Van provides mobile services and information to clients around the region.
WIC is a supplemental nutrition program for eligible women, infants and children and provides checks for nutritious foods and baby formula. In addition, participants receive education on proper nutrition, health screenings and referrals for additional services.
WIC provides breastfeeding support and counseling for prenatal and postpartum women. WIC also promotes compliance with the Childhood Immunization Schedule with its Immy Bear, who visits community fairs, classrooms and other areas where children gather.