THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- The Thomasville Senior Center is taking a new, more direct approach to helping seniors in Davidson County apply for food stamp benefits.
In February, the center got a $10,000 grant to host SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) fairs, do in-home screenings and get more seniors the help they need without having to go to social services.
Instead of mailing an application to DSS, then waiting for appointment and interview which could take weeks, the center is shortening the application process.
“The turnaround has been very quick,” said Senior Center Manager Cameron Hartwell. “As soon as it gets entered into the NC FAST system, they're getting results within a week or two."
Through SNAP fairs, seniors can fill out applications, go through the screening and interview process, and submit their applications in one room on the same day.
"This is a one-stop shop," Hartwell said.
It’s convenience that comes in handy after thousands of people statewide waited for months for food stamps due to glitches in the NC Fast system earlier this year.
Davidson County had a back log of 203 people which is now down to 10.
The center also held a SNAP fair in Lexington in June.