Apr 16, 2010 5:05 PM by Greg Boyce
El Paso County will receive $350,000 in federal funds to address the growing strain on existing resources related to administering the Food Assistance Program. The funds will be used to pay for temporary staff and overtime to insure the El Paso County Department of Human Services is processing Food Assistance applications within the federally required timeframes. The federal money was made available with the passage of the Department of Defense Act 2010 through funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
From 2008 to 2009 the El Paso County Department of Human Services saw a 31 percent increase in the number of people receiving food assistance. On average per month in 2009 in El Paso County 49,000 people received food assistance benefits last year. "DHS employees have been working tirelessly during these tough economic times to keep up with the increased demand for services," said Commissioner Sallie Clark, liaison commissioner to DHS. "Our employees have come up with unique solutions to providing efficient services and have actually improved their timeliness rate over the last year."
The Food Assistance Program is completely paid for and regulated by the Federal Government. The El Paso County Department of Human Services is required to administer the program to eligible recipients based on federal income guidelines.