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Food stamp officials honor western counties

June 4, 2002

Bismarck, N.D. - The North Dakota Department of Human Services recognized the state's western region as the most accurate at determining food stamp benefits. Of the six administrative regions, the western region has earned the Conrad J. Moe Award three times in the last four years. The award was presented to county officials at the annual food stamp training and recognition event.

Together, county social service offices in Adams, Billings, Bowman, Divide, Dunn, Golden Valley, Hettinger, McKenzie, Slope, Stark and Williams counties achieved a 0.05 percent error rate during the 2001 fiscal year, which is the lowest food stamp benefit error rate of the state's six regions.

Department food stamp director Arlene Dura said, "This award recognizes the good work of county employees, regional representatives, and quality control staff in western North Dakota. They consistently set a high standard for accuracy and provide an important service."

The Food Stamp Program is a nationwide United States Department of Agriculture program intended to help low-income households meet their nutritional needs. Currently over 36,000 people in North Dakota receive food stamp benefits, and over half of the recipients are age 18 and younger.

Contacts:

Arlene Dura, Director of Food Stamps, N.D. Department of Human Services, (701) 328-2064
Heather Steffl, Public Information Specialist, N.D. Department of Human Services, (701) 328-4933

 

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