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State Help With Food Stamp Backlog Costs $19K Per Day

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GREENSBORO, N.C. - The state Department of Health and Human Services says they're making progress battling food stamp backlog. The Department says they've hired 160 temporary state workers to ease problems created by computer glitches.

Overwhelmed counties bring these workers food stamp applications to be processed. Guilford county representatives just dropped off a box of more than 1,100 families waiting for their food stamps.

Since September first, counties brought them more than 13,500 applications. The workers have processed 11,393 so far.

The temporary workers make anywhere from $14 to $22 an hour depending on their experience. Add it up and for all those workers, on the low end, that's about $19,000 a day. That comes out to $380,000 a month.

The state says those checks come from money set aside for training and support. But if the money was there, 2 Wants to Know wondered why it took months for the state to bring in those extra workers. The first round of delays happened in April. And those on food stamps say the problem really got bad in July.

For more than a week, 2 Wants To Know called and e-mailed asking the state for an interview. Eventually a public relations person said Wayne Black, the head of NC Fast, was too busy to talk.

But the state did say the extra workers will be here for the foreseeable future.

WFMY News 2

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