State Blames Guilford Co. For New Food Stamp Backlog

RALEIGH, N.C. – The North Carolina Department of Health And Human Services is blaming Guilford County for a new backlog in food stamp applications. That backlog could cause North Carolina not to meet a deadline from federal regulators.

DHHS's spokesman Kevin Howell sent this statement to WFMY News 2:

"As a county-administered system, each county DSS office is responsible for processing food stamps applications and recertifications in accordance with federal timeliness guidelines. The state relies on information received from the counties, and all information must be entered into the NC FAST system accordingly."

The state also says it's sent staff to assist Guilford County and will put forth every effort to help. Now the state has sent in temporary workers before with 160 across all counties. 2 Wants To Know found out those workers cost at least $19,000 per day. 2 Wants To Know also exclusively uncovered the workers don't have the best track record. Forsyth and Alamance counties said about 40 percent of the work done by these temps for those counties contained errors. Errors which sometimes caused people to go without food.

Guilford County's Division of Social Services sent WFMY News 2 a statement of their own reading:

"The Department is continuing to work through the backlog of FNS cases and is making progress towards meeting the deadline. The Department maintains contact with County Administration and the State."


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