Demand, computer issues delay food stamps in Colorado
November 11, 2010
DENVER (AP) – Several Colorado counties are struggling to keep up with incoming claims for food stamps, resulting in delays for hundreds and maybe thousands of recipients.
Denver’s KUSA-TV reports that Weld and Larimer counties and others in the Denver area are late in distributing food stamps because of backlogs. Some people are waiting days and sometimes weeks.
Government officials say the slumping economy has driven up the demand for aid and there continue to be problems with the statewide computer system that processes applications.
Community food banks are trying to pick up the slack. The Weld Food Bank is encouraging people waiting for food stamps to shop with them.
And counties are shifting around employees to help process claims.