The program that provides supplemental nutrition to low-income pregnant women and their children will be funded through the month, a Pima County health official said Tuesday.

The Women, Infant and Children program aids low-income pregnant women, nursing mothers, and children under the age of five.

Kristen Barney, with the county's health department, said in the short-term the federally backed program is still running.

"The state of Arizona and specifically Pima County WIC (has) received a guarantee of funding through the month of October," she said. "We are able to see clients as normal through the month of October."

WIC reaches more than 330,000 women and children in the state each year, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services' website.

The program offers vouchers for families to buy products, such as milk, vegetables, and cereal, at approved retailers.

More than 9,500 people in Pima County received WIC benefits in August, according to the Pima County Health Department.

Barney said operating WIC in the county cost about $170,000 a month. She said that figure doesn't include the amount of benefits distributed by the county.