Food Stamp applicants growing in number

by Larry Lemmons
Newschannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - The Local food stamp office is seeing a large influx of people applying for food stamps.

Texas Health and Human Services Commission says there are 17,727 people receiving food stamps this month in Potter County.  That's up 630 from this time last year.

In Randall County 5, 915 people are receiving food stamps. That's up 509 from last year.

So more than 11-hundred people up from last year. The amarillo office has 21 employees.

The fact is, after Dallas and Houston, our area is the third highest in the state for food stamps.

The Commission has been under fire recently from the federal government about the amount of time it's taking to process claims.   Stephanie Goodman, Public Relations for THHSC says, "We have more workers than we did a couple years ago, but it has just, we have not been able to keep pace with this demand we're seeing right now. So we've experienced really, some unacceptable delays in getting people's cases processed."

While federal law mandates cases be processed in one month, the Commission says in some cases it's taking up to two months.  Today in the local office there were quite a few people waiting to have their claims processed.