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Food stamp officials honor counties in South Central Region of N.D.

June 12, 2003

Bismarck, N.D. - The North Dakota Department of Human Services' Food Stamp Unit recognized the state's South Central Administrative Region as the most accurate at determining food stamp benefits. The region, which includes the counties of Barnes, Benson, Eddy, Foster, Griggs, Logan, McIntosh, Stutsman, and Wells was one of six administrative regions vying for the Conrad J. Moe Award.

This is the second time in the award's five-year history that the region has won. Together the counties in the region achieved the lowest error rate of the six administrative regions in the state during the 2002 federal fiscal year. The award was presented to county officials at the annual food stamp training and recognition event held this spring in Bismarck.

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

The award is named in honor of the retired North Dakota Food Stamp Program director Conrad J. Moe, who directed the program from 1971 to 1996.

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 40,000 North Dakotans receive food stamp benefits, and almost half of the recipients are age 18 or younger.


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


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