RALEIGH -

North Carolina officials say delays in processing food stamp applications aren't getting better.
    
WRAL-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1c4svzh ) that data provided Friday by the state Department of Health and Human Services show that, as of Dec. 31, more than 30,000 families waited more than a month to receive food stamps benefits through the state's new NC FAST system.
    
That's worse than a U.S. Department of Agriculture estimate based on mid-November data that found 20,000 households were experiencing significant delays.
    
NC FAST is a $300 million computer system intended to streamline the process of applying and renewing government assistance for items like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps.
    
Federal officials told DHHS Secretary Dr. Aldona Wos (vahsh) last month the department hadn't provided a plan detailing how it would reduce delays.