Georgia DFCS addresses concerns about speed of benefits processing

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Georgia Division of Family & Children Services is responding to concerns about the speed of benefits processing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We reached out to Georgia DFCS after a few 41NBC viewers brought it to our attention that they hadn’t received their expected Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits this month.

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“We’re working to process all new and existing applications as quickly as possible,” the division’s Senior Director of Communications Patrice Meadows wrote in an e-mail Tuesday afternoon. “We have an influx of applications due to the economic impact caused by COVID-19.”

Georgia governor Brian Kemp announced Monday that about one million Georgians who receive SNAP will get an additional $100 in nutrition benefits in March and April. The governor said March benefits have already been issued, so the March supplement will come in the form of a second allotment at the end of the month.

Kemp added officials are working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to issue the increased supplement for March “as soon as possible.”