food stamps

Michael Tomsic

Low-income families in Cabarrus County still face long delays before getting food stamps, although those delays are getting shorter.

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 "code red" last month because of how much they struggled with the new system.

WFAE's Michael Tomsic reports on the progress those counties have made.   

North Carolina counties are in the midst of converting to an online system that should make it easier in the long run to apply for all kinds of assistance through the state.  But manually entering all that data has caused backlogs and many people are seeing delays in receiving food stamps.  That’s made it tough on those people and the food pantries that are stepping up to fill in the gap. 

Mecklenburg County residents who receive food stamps may experience some delays in getting that assistance over the next several months.  The county is transitioning to an online system called NC FAST that will make it easier in the long run to apply for all kinds of assistance through the state.  But entering those applications will take extra time. 

Rodney Adams with the county’s Department of Social Services says people should initially expect longer lines at DSS offices and in some cases delays in receiving food stamps. 

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Day 7 and Beyond

“How did you do on the ‘food stamp’ challenge?” That’s the question people have been asking me since Sunday. “Did you have enough to eat, or did you have to cheat?”

I recently completed the SNAP Challenge, designed to give participants a taste of what it’s like to feed yourself with no more than the $31.50 per week you’d get if you relied solely on food stamps.

Day Six: “Who’s Hungry?”

On a long car trip when a fast food joint comes into view, someone will shout it.

“Who’s hungry?”

If you walk into your office with a giant pizza box in your hands, you can call out to your co-workers.

“Who’s hungry?”

When the holiday meal is ready after hours of waiting, it’s a summons to gather and share something special – or even sacred.

“Who’s hungry?”

Who IS hungry? This past week, that question has taken on a very different meaning for me.

Amy Rogers

Day Five: Rumors and Reasons

It’s not really about the food.

That’s what I’m starting to realize. People are angry, exhausted, frustrated, despondent. Resentful, worried, afraid or annoyed – but no one I’ve talked with in the last five days is blasé on the topic of food stamps and other programs that help feed the hungry.

Cuts Could Affect Charities

Dec 12, 2005

(12/12/05) Faith-based and community organizations traditionally increase their efforts to help the poor over the holiday season. But Congress is considering cuts to Medicaid, food stamps and other social welfare programs that could make it more difficult for Charlotte-area charities in the future. From Capitol Hill, Terry Gildea reports.