Brownsville Herald – State to review food stamp application process

The state’s auditor will review Texas’ food stamp application process in an effort to identify bottlenecks contributing to a backlog that has left thousands awaiting benefits.

Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Thomas Suehs requested the outside assessment last week, several months after the federal government threatened to cut off the state’s food stamp funding because of the delays.

A lawsuit filed last month on behalf of several low-income families and two Rio Grande Valley non-profit groups also claimed that the state violated its own laws by consistently failing to meet the 30-day deadline for accepting or denying applications for food stamps.

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