State gets bonus for food-stamp program

State Department of Human Services (DHS) officials in a press release recently reported receiving a $507,892 high-performance bonus from leaders of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for efforts to ensure Hawai‘i residents who qualify for Food Stamps actually receive the benefits.

State DHS officials achieved a 92.4-percent access rate to the Federal Food Stamp Program for the federal 2004 fiscal year.

The Food Stamp Program in Hawai‘i serves an estimated 91,000 individuals per month, which is about 46,000 households statewide.

The program pays about $13.07 million in nutrition assistance per month.

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