RALEIGH -

North Carolina's food stamp program will continue providing for enrollees without any interruption.

Heath and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos said Tuesday that a backlog that stood at 35,000 cases was down to just 375, and that she was confident the state had "reasonably achieved" the goal. 

That comes just in time, as the USDA-mandated deadline for resolving the backlog passed on March 31st.

Had the deadline passed without erasure of the backlog, the state would have lost $88 million dollars provided by the US Department of Agriculture.

North Carolina has more that 825,000 subscribers to the food stamp program statewide.