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Archive for Food Stamps

Deadline “Reasonably Achieved”

food-stampShawn Rogers is one of the thousands of needy North Carolinians caught up in what was a massive backlog of food stamps cases. He, his wife and four-year-old son have been waiting since December for help, when their food stamps were up for renewal and the family moved to Alamance County from neighboring Guilford County. The family’s months-long wait comes despite a deadline Monday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture set for all backlogged cases to be processed. N.C. Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos announced Tuesday afternoon that the deadline had been “reasonably achieved” with only 375 pending cases left in the state. As of Tuesday, Rogers, who is on disability because of psychological issues, said his food stamps benefits card was still showing a $0 balance. He has turned to area food banks for donated canned goods and family members who buy him meat to help supplement the family’s diet.

NC Food Stamps Back-Log

ncsealcolorNorthCarolinaSealJust a week after North Carolina’s health secretary said it would be difficult to erase a backlog of outstanding food stamp applications by the end of the month, she now says it’s possible. Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos said Wednesday the backlog is just over 1,000 cases, down from about 1,700 a week ago. She says she expects to meet the March 31st deadline set by federal regulators. The state already met a Feb. 10 deadline to handle more than 20,000 applications and renewals pending for more than 90 days. The U.S. Agriculture Department had threatened the loss of $88 million to continue administering the program unless the deadline was met. It still must resolve applications older than 30 days and emergency requests for assistance older than seven days.ncsealcolor