North Carolina's state health department says it's avoided losing tens of millions of dollars of federal funding by successfully catching up on a huge backlog of food stamp applications.
DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos testified that as of Monday, only 25 applications were not processed. Those applications were considered "pending for good cause," and county offices were working to get more information from the applicants. Wos says there were 20,000 applications when state and county officials started working to reduce the backlog in order to avoid losing federal funding from the USDA.
Wos says they were able to catch up on the applications by putting 290 state staff members into regional processing labs and county agencies to assist with processing the applications.
North Carolina has until March 31 to resolve the remaining backlog of applicants.