Guilford ahead of state in processing food stamp applications

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — The Guilford County Department of Social Services is processing food stamp applications at a rate far higher than the state average, which continues to lag behind federal guidelines.

“We’re actually processing at 98 percent,” said Gregory Bush, a spokesman for the county department. “Guilford County is not impacting the state rate negatively at all.”

The federal Department of Agriculture warned the state Department of Health and Human Services last week that North Carolina needs to improve its application-processing rate or risk losing money that supports the food-stamp program.

The correspondence is only the first of many warnings that would be issued before the state lost any funding, local officials said.

Read more: Greensboro News & Record

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