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North Carolina Division of Social Services Receives Recognition for Payment Accuracy in Food and Nutrition Services

North Carolina has the 5th Best Payment Accuracy in the Nation

Release Date: February 5, 2010
Contact: Lori Walston, 919-733-9190

RALEIGH—North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services officials received a high performance bonus award from USDA’s Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Deputy Under Secretary Janey Thornton in Raleigh on Thursday, Feb. 4.

The award, in the amount of $4,078,374, was in recognition of North Carolina’s payment accuracy rate of 97.35 percent in issuing Food and Nutrition Services (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) benefits in Fiscal Year 2008. This is the fifth consecutive year that North Carolina has won an award for Best Payment Accuracy.

DSS Director Sherry Bradsher said the state agency was happy to accept the award, but she credited local-level Social Services offices with having earned it.

“I want to congratulate the county DSS staffs who work hard each and every day to deliver these benefits to the citizens of North Carolina who need them,” Bradsher said. “Our frontline workers at the county level do an outstanding job of making sure that some of our most vulnerable populations—especially children and people over age 50—get the nourishment they need to live and thrive.”

North Carolina is being recognized today as one of seven states and one territory in the nation with the best payment accuracy.  As authorized by the 2002 Farm Bill, USDA provides high performance bonuses to states that demonstrate high or improved performance in administering the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Food Stamp Program. 

In December 2009, more than 1.3 million individuals in almost 600,000 households in North Carolina participated in the program. 

The SNAP Program is the foundation of the federal nutrition assistance safety net. It provides support to needy households and to those making the transition from welfare to work, enabling low-income families to buy nutritious food.  Providing nutrition assistance to low-income families, individuals and children is part of USDA’s commitment to reduce hunger and promote healthy eating habits.  USDA said it is pleased to recognize and congratulate North Carolina for demonstrating diligence and commitment in the administration of the SNAP Program to ensure all eligible persons have better access to food and a more healthful diet through its food assistance programs.

For more information about Food and Nutrition Services benefits, contact your local department of Social Services or go to the website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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