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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s food banks are struggling to serve huge numbers of hungry people as problems with a new state computer system have delayed processing of food stamp applications, often by months.

The state Department of Health and Human Services launched NC FAST earlier this year, a $300 million computer system that was supposed to streamline applying for government assistance. Food bank volunteers quip it should instead be called “NC FASTing.”

Under federal rules, food stamp applications are supposed to be processed within 30 days. In Wake County, the average wait for benefits is now 90 days. Many wait far longer.

State social services director Wayne Black says most of the glitches started with a July 15 software update. He says the state is making good progress in fixing the system.

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17 Comments on "NC families go hungry as food assistance delayed"

Concen citizen
2015 years 10 months ago

Well said!!!! Exactly what I was thinking!

2015 years 10 months ago

I agree if, and only if there are jobs out there.
Try reading the latest unemployment statistics for NC.
If there were jobs for ALL those folks do yo u know how big the help wanted section would be for the newspaper? You probably wouldn’t want to carry something that big.

Educate yourself before you make statements like that.
The jobs just aren’t there. McCrory has to come through soon with jobs – he can no longer blame Smiley or Sleasely and their budgets……


2015 years 10 months ago

Seriously. If its such a big deal to the hungry people they would get out and get jobs and stop sitting around waiting for handouts.. Simple

2015 years 10 months ago

No, all who sit around and wait on foodstamps can get out and get jobs and are only able to just sit around. Don’t be too quick to judge anyone, because one day it could be you that needs a handout. I Prayer no one lets you go hungry.

2015 years 10 months ago

Seriously Bubba….you need a reality check.

2015 years 10 months ago

Not so simple when you have folks with advanced degrees competing for work at Wal-Mart and Burger King. That’s where the jobs are. There aren’t any any jobs that pay a living wage available as corporations cut back and outsource.

“Hand-outs” are what feed families in hard times, which is what we’re in and likely to get worse.

2015 years 10 months ago

Lots of people have jobs need food stamps. Why because the job creators pay them minimum wage. You’re very stupid.

2015 years 10 months ago

Excuse me, but are you offering jobs to anyone? Yes, something here is SIMPLE and it is you. You probably call yourself a ‘christian’ and you are not in the 1% but you are manipulated by them. Congratulations.

Guest with a PhD
2015 years 10 months ago

It is more than apparent you haven’t applied for a job lately. Where are all these jobs? If you do see a posting 50 others have applied already and if you have a college degree your over qualified. Yes. It is obvious you do not have a clue what is really going on in our country.

2015 years 10 months ago

A large portion of young military families need food stamps and WIC programs. Low pay, little support with childcare and deployment makes for a hard life. These delays make it hard but comments about recipients makes it worse.

2015 years 10 months ago

Wonder how many applicants got hungry enough to find a job. Maybe a mandatory 3 month wait would be a good idea.

2015 years 10 months ago

$300 million ?? for a new system that hasn’t worked since the update in July?? Does the company belong to a relative of Gov. McGreedy?

2015 years 10 months ago

I was at a gas station the other day, and there was a young couple in front of me. They had two snickers bars and one of those starbucks cold glass drinks. They said they were paying with food stamps. The cashier said food stamps wouldn’t cover the starbucks drink. The young lady said “That’s weird I get them all the time”, before exchanging it for a nesquick. After the transaction was complete they asked for three lottery scratch off tickets totaling $20. They paid cash for those…..

Guest-Heart of Gold
2015 years 10 months ago

It is apparent you have never been hungry and had nothing to eat. It also shows you don’t care about the welfare of others who just might be down on their luck; or to sick to work. A lot of people who actually need help; don’t qualify for assistance because they own a car, home or land. Sometimes the government thinks you need to get rid of all the things you worked so hard for in life; so that you do qualify for help. The system needs a lot of adjustment.

2015 years 10 months ago

Nobody’s going hungry. Just go to any of the projects and offer 25 cents on the dollar for groceries. You’ll have people coming out of the woodwork with their EBT cards in hand. They have more food than they can eat, and still have huge balances on their cards.

2015 years 10 months ago

How about some of the reporters writing all this stuff doing some research on how many of these folks could be working for their needs instead of sitting on their tails with their hands out!!

2015 years 10 months ago

I was a stonemason for 25 years , hurt my back , no help at all from anywhere ,I dont own a house , land , only a 1997 dodge dakota pickup not mint stste says its worth 3750.00 its for sale , wife has a 1986 toyota we are too rich to get any help at all , dont get crippled at work and expect any help for the thousands and thousands of tax dollars youve paid all your life , if you are a working person pray you dont get hurt you will be out of luck , my junky vehicles make me too well off to get help , then how do people with new cars get food stamps , I have seen this with my own two eyes many times , pay with food stamps and get into a new car of truck and drive off. The fact is if you are a blue collar worker you are expected to pay all your life and never ask for help.


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