CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- As North Carolina resumes issuing benefits to poor women and their children through a federally funded program, some groups were questioning why the state suspended those benefits in the first place, then reversed course two days later.

The state Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that it would halt vouchers for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children program because it lacked sufficient funds.

North Carolina was the first state to halt its WIC program.

But late Thursday, the department said it had secured additional funds to continue the WIC program.

Local health departments were being alerted to resume issuing vouchers.

WIC provides food vouchers, nutrition education and health care referrals for 264,000 women and children monthly in North Carolina.

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