The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is expected to meet a federal deadline today to clear backlogged food stamps cases, according to information released before the weekend that the vast majority of the thousands of people waiting for food stamps had been helped.
The agency is under a deadline for today set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to clear a backlog and provide the federally-funded assistance to vulnerable citizens who have been waiting months and weeks for food or lose administrative funding.
In numbers released Friday, the agency indicated it had addressed 90 percent of the backlogged cases that existed on Jan. 23, when the USDA issued its February deadline.
The agency is expected to give an update on its backlog later today.
UPDATE, from DHHS: Today, the DHHS staff is reaching out to county social services agencies to confirm final numbers and circumstances surrounding any cases that may remain outstanding. Secretary Wos will provide an update to legislative leadership at Tuesday’s regularly scheduled Legislative Oversight Committee meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. We will make our report to USDA available at that time.