NC Food Stamp Program Gets $2 Million Bonus

North Carolina's food stamp program is run so well that it's brought in some extra money for the state.

The federal government will give a $2 million bonus to North Carolina because it ranked among the top six states in processing food stamp applications last year. North Carolina processed nearly 97 percent of its applications within 30 days.

The bonus is on top of a $4 million bonus the state received earlier this year for a low payment error rate.

The extra money will go in part to computer network upgrades within the state Division of Social Services, which administers the federal program.

The $80 million food stamps program in North Carolina gives electronic benefit cards to low-income residents so they can buy food staples at the grocery store. About one in 10 North Carolina residents receive food stamp benefits.

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