Delayed Food Stamp Applications Cost North Carolina Millions

Meeting deadlines set by federal regulators to eliminate North Carolina's backlog of food stamp applications still came with a cost to state and local governments.

State health officials told legislators it cost $14 million for counties and $7 million for the state to address the backlog and issues related to a new computer system counties use to determine service eligibility.

Social Services Director Wayne Black said Thursday county money paid staff, overtime pay and equipment upgrades. State health Secretary Dr. Aldona Wos (vahsh) says the state helped counties with staffing and support.

The state faced losing $88 million if the applications were not processed. The federal government said this week it was satisfied with the state's work.

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