Food stamp backlog in Guilford Co. higher than reported, officials say

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — The food stamp backlog is higher than previously reported, according to officials.

With just five days left for the Department of Health and Human Services to clear the backlog, Secretary Aldona Wos says several counties are facing challenges, including Guilford.

DHHS was informed this morning that Guilford County may have a backlog that is more significant than they had previously reported. DHHS staff is currently in Guilford County assessing the situation and I will provide you with an update as I learn more information,” said Wos at an oversight committee meeting.

Wos says processing the paperwork isn’t the problem. It appears workers in Guilford County haven’t entered some applications into the NC FAST system at all. That means the numbers reported to the state may not be accurate.

DHHS records show the current backlog is down to 520 cases across the state. Officials are working to determine accurate backlog statistics for Guilford County.

Greg Bush with Guilford County DSS says they are aware of the backlog, and employees from other departments are working to process food stamp applications.

The state has until March 31 to clear the backlog, or federal funding will be pulled.