NC FAST http://wfae.org en USDA Satisfied With NC's Progress On Food Stamp Backlog http://wfae.org/post/usda-satisfied-ncs-progress-food-stamp-backlog <p>Federal officials are satisfied with how much North Carolina has reduced its food stamp backlog. The U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees the food stamp program, and it ruled late Friday on North Carolina's progress.</p><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 17:03:08 +0000 Michael Tomsic 45237 at http://wfae.org State, County Workers Face More Late Nights, Long Weekends Because Of NC FAST http://wfae.org/post/state-county-workers-face-more-late-nights-long-weekends-because-nc-fast <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State and county employees may have to continue working nights and weekends to keep North Carolina's food stamp backlog under control. Those kinds of hours helped the state make tremendous progress toward a federal deadline Monday. But more challenges remain.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:40:23 +0000 Michael Tomsic 44848 at http://wfae.org State, County Workers Face More Late Nights, Long Weekends Because Of NC FAST NC Barely Misses Federal Deadline To Resolve Food Stamp Delays http://wfae.org/post/nc-barely-misses-federal-deadline-resolve-food-stamp-delays <p>North Carolina came up just short of a federal deadline to clear certain parts of its food stamp backlog. State Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos announced this morning that there are still 25 food stamp applications or renewals left.</p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:27:14 +0000 Michael Tomsic & Marshall Terry 44827 at http://wfae.org NC Barely Misses Federal Deadline To Resolve Food Stamp Delays Mecklenburg County Clears Food Stamp Backlog (Again) http://wfae.org/post/mecklenburg-county-clears-food-stamp-backlog-again <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mecklenburg County has done its part in trying to help North Carolina meet a federal deadline to resolve some of the state's longest food stamp delays. The state says it'll announce whether it met Monday's deadline on Tuesday morning. But Mecklenburg County health officials say they've cleared the entire county backlog.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 03:42:24 +0000 Michael Tomsic 44783 at http://wfae.org Mecklenburg County Clears Food Stamp Backlog (Again) NC Makes Progress On Food Stamp Delays, But Deadline Looms http://wfae.org/post/nc-makes-progress-food-stamp-delays-deadline-looms <p>State and county health workers are rushing to clear parts of North Carolina's food stamp backlog before a federal deadline. The U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees the food stamp program, and it's demanding North Carolina make a certain amount of progress by Monday.</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:45:55 +0000 Michael Tomsic 44355 at http://wfae.org Feds Order NC To Cut Down Food Stamp Delays By Feb. 10 http://wfae.org/post/feds-order-nc-cut-down-food-stamp-delays-feb-10 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5">North Carolina is two weeks away from a federal deadline to resolve some of its longest food stamp delays. The U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees the food stamp program, and it's giving the state certain benchmarks to meet by February 10.</span></p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 03:06:06 +0000 Michael Tomsic 43762 at http://wfae.org Feds Order NC To Cut Down Food Stamp Delays By Feb. 10 NC Health Secretary Wos Can't Say When Food Stamp Delays Will End http://wfae.org/post/nc-health-secretary-wos-cant-say-when-food-stamp-delays-will-end <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">North Carolina's food stamp delays are unacceptable, but there's no timeline for when they'll stop. That's what North Carolina Secretary of Health and Human Services </span>Aldona<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Wos<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> told lawmakers Tuesday. A legislative committee also grilled her about her department mailing nearly 50,000 children's insurance cards to the wrong addresses.</span></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:19:38 +0000 Michael Tomsic 43033 at http://wfae.org NC Health Secretary Wos Can't Say When Food Stamp Delays Will End Food Stamp Cuts Are Latest Problem For NC Families, Food Pantries http://wfae.org/post/food-stamp-cuts-are-latest-problem-nc-families-food-pantries <p>Almost <a href="http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/stats/docs/FNSIN/FNSIN09-13.pdf" target="_blank">151,000</a> low-income people in Mecklenburg County will have less money for food this month.</p><p>That's because of federal cuts to the food stamp program that took effect this month. In North Carolina, those cuts follow state changes in the past year that already had food pantries scrambling to meet increasing demand.</p><p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:15:38 +0000 Michael Tomsic 39283 at http://wfae.org Food Stamp Cuts Are Latest Problem For NC Families, Food Pantries Cabarrus, Other Counties Shorten Food Stamp Delays http://wfae.org/post/cabarrus-other-counties-shorten-food-stamp-delays <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Low-income families in </span>Cabarrus<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County still face long delays before getting food stamps, although those delays are getting shorter.</span></p><p>They're tied to a new online system the state is making counties use for applications for food stamps. Cabarrus and Mecklenburg were among several counties the state called <a href="http://wfae.org/post/cabarrus-among-nine-code-red-counties-food-stamp-delays" target="_blank">"code red"</a> last month because of how much they struggled with the new system.</p><p>WFAE's Michael Tomsic reports on the progress those counties have made. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 04:13:39 +0000 Michael Tomsic 38381 at http://wfae.org Cabarrus, Other Counties Shorten Food Stamp Delays Struggling Food Banks Get Help From McCrory Administration http://wfae.org/post/struggling-food-banks-get-help-mccrory-administration <p>Food banks in North Carolina that are struggling to keep up with high demand are getting emergency relief from Governor Pat McCrory&#39;s administration. McCrory announced Monday they&#39;ll split $750,000 over the next few weeks, in part to help them get through the partial government shutdown. But demand at food banks has been rising since before the shutdown and can also be traced to changes on the state level.</p><p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 13:29:30 +0000 Michael Tomsic 37302 at http://wfae.org Struggling Food Banks Get Help From McCrory Administration