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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Carl Kanefsky, Communications Director
(302) 540-4979, Pager

Date: February 25, 2010



WILMINGTON - Kevin Cancannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, presented awards to state officials recognizing Delaware's proficiency in processing applications for SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The awards carry a cash bonus of $356,813.

"I'm honored that the USDA recognizes the hard work our team does in meeting the needs of Delawareans when they need help the most," said Rita M. Landgraf, Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services. Projections for the current month show 109,661 clients will receive food benefits from the state compared to an average of 66,247 just two years ago."

Each year, the USDA awards a total of $12 million in performance bonuses to eight States with the best and most improved program access index. The program access index is the ratio of participants to the number of persons below 125 % of poverty and reflects state performance in reaching those eligible for these important nutrition benefits.

The Department of Health and Social Services' Division of Social Services manages SNAP for the state, and has an accuracy rate of 99% with regard to completing the application process for Delawareans needing assistance.

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.