The state is working to get poor Texans food stamps quicker, but it’s not fast enough for many familes, and too many children are getting their only hot meal at school, according to Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid. The group sent a fourth demand letter today to Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Tom Suehs, on behalf of 19 families that applied for food stamps, demanding that he take emergency action to ensure their children can eat.
The families sued the state last month, and they have sent three previous letters seeking a response to their applications. Texas has struggled mightily to keep up with demand for food stamps over the last year as demand has soared in the midst of the economic crisis. Two-thirds of the applicants have had to wait longer than the federally mandated 30 days for the state to determine their eligibility.
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