Valdosta Daily Times

April 5, 2014

Ga. misses food stamp backlog deadline

The Associated Press

ATLANTA — State officials say Georgia missed the deadline to clear backlogged food stamp cases, putting millions of dollars of federal funding at risk.

The state’s human services commissioner, Keith Horton, held a news conference Friday in Atlanta to announce the agency hadn’t met the deadline.

Federal officials told the state to process 30,000 high-priority cases by April 1, but the state missed that mark by 337.

The state hopes to get a break despite the failure.

It could lose as much as $76 million in federal funding if the backlog of cases isn’t resolved by May 1.

The state’s backlog of food stamp cases has been reduced from about 65,000 in late February.

In an April 1 letter to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service regional supervisor, Horton said the agency has implemented several strategies to respond to the case backlog.