Numerous parents in Clayton County are lodging complaints and expressing frustration after state officials admitted that something went wrong in the office that administers food stamps and Medicaid, reports Fox 5 Atlanta.
The basic issue is that the food stamps simply aren't there. "Me and my kids they haven't ate since this morning. I was supposed to get my food stamps yesterday and I got nothing," said a mother to Fox 5.
The same holds true for Medicaid, with individuals not getting access to their medicine. Some of those affected include cancer patients. State officials are hoping to get the matter resolved this week.
Atlanta residents that are undergoing a difficult time financially should not let this incident prevent them from inquiring about food stamps.
The food stamp program — called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — helps low-income people buy the food they need to meet their nutritional needs.
Although SNAP is a federal government program, it is run by state or local agencies. However, the requirements to be eligible for stamps should still be standard, regardless of what state you live in.
To determine whether you should get food stamps, the government considers your income, assets, expenses, number of dependents, as well as whether someone in your family is already receiving Social Security benefits. Georgia allows citizens to apply for food stamps online.
Before applying, however, you might wish to do a “pre-screen” to check if you are indeed eligible for food stamps.