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State Could Lose Federal Money if It Doesn’t Reduce Food Stamp Application Backlog

Georgia could lose federal funding if it does not fix its backlog of food stamp applications.Broadcast Version

  Approximately 30,000 applications for food stamps – some new, some renewals — are behind schedule right now.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Georgia must submit a corrective plan of action by March 19 and must make “significant progress” by the end of this month or face suspension or even loss of federal money for the food stamp program.

In a statement, Georgia Human Services Commissioner Keith Horton said his department is taking action and is considering hiring additional staff. Right now, application processors are under a mandate to work at least eight overtime hours a week.