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Rule change will help NC residents get food stamps

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WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Less stringent income rules that take effect July 1 will make it easier for North Carolinians to get help with buying food.

The StarNews of Wilmington reported that officials say the poor economy prompted the state to take advantage of a federal option to ease income requirements.

The state's federally funded Food and Nutrition Services program now is available to applicants whose gross income is less than 130 percent of the federal poverty level. It will change to a gross income of less than 200 percent of the poverty level for applications in July.

Dean Simpson is the state's chief of Economic and Nutrition Services and says unemployment benefits put some people above the current income threshold, but they still needed help buying
groceries.

Information from: The StarNews

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