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12:03 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

USDA Satisfied With NC's Progress On Food Stamp Backlog

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.


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4:40 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

State, County Workers Face More Late Nights, Long Weekends Because Of NC FAST

N.C. DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos at an earlier hearing with state lawmakers.
Credit CHUCK LIDDY — cliddy@newsobserver.com

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.


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12:27 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

NC Barely Misses Federal Deadline To Resolve Food Stamp Delays

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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.

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10:42 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Mecklenburg County Clears Food Stamp Backlog (Again)

Mecklenburg County staff work on food stamp applications.
Credit Michael Tomsic

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.


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3:45 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

NC Makes Progress On Food Stamp Delays, But Deadline Looms

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.


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10:06 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

Feds Order NC To Cut Down Food Stamp Delays By Feb. 10

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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.


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9:19 am
Wed January 15, 2014

NC Health Secretary Wos Can't Say When Food Stamp Delays Will End

Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos in an earlier legislative oversight committee meeting.
Credit CHUCK LIDDY — cliddy@newsobserver.com

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 Aldona Wos told lawmakers Tuesday. A legislative committee also grilled her about her department mailing nearly 50,000 children's insurance cards to the wrong addresses.

The problems in Health and Human Services are affecting the poorest people in North Carolina the most.

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9:15 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Food Stamp Cuts Are Latest Problem For NC Families, Food Pantries

$36 worth of food at a grocery store.
Credit Loaves and Fishes

Almost 151,000 low-income people in Mecklenburg County will have less money for food this month.

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.


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12:13 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Cabarrus, Other Counties Shorten Food Stamp Delays

Mollie Parris helps Cabarrus County get through its backlog for food stamp renewals.
Credit 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.   


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9:29 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Struggling Food Banks Get Help From McCrory Administration

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina Executive Director Kay Carter, Gov. Pat McCrory, Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos
Credit Michael Tomsic

Food banks in North Carolina that are struggling to keep up with high demand are getting emergency relief from Governor Pat McCrory's administration. McCrory announced Monday they'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.


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