New Hires to Process Food-Stamp Applications

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -Texas will hire 250 workers to process
food-stamp applications at the overwhelmed state public benefits
agency, in the aftermath of a warning that federal funding could be
cut off.

A state board on Friday approved the hiring of some - but not
all - of the food stamp enrollment workers the Health and Human
Services Commission had requested. The commission had requested
about 650 workers.

Federal official William Ludwig has advised Texas that unless
the state speeds up its application processing, its federal funds
will be at risk.

Recently, advocates for low-income families filed a federal
class-action lawsuit against the agency alleging more than a third
of food-stamp applications languished beyond the one-month
processing time required by law. Some families wait months for food

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