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Food bank workers are helping Texas ease its backlog of food stamp applications

Last year, food banks had to step up to help hundreds of families when the recession and a meltdown of Texas' food stamp application process caused them to miss out on months' worth of benefits.

Food stamp outreach worker Tina-Marie Sigler interviewed Maria and Rubi Bocanegra, who came with their 3-week-old daughter Gianna, this month at a food bank in Carrollton. One of every eight Texans is receiving food stamps. Now, food banks and pantries in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio are doing it again as the state works, under federal orders, to reduce backlogs and improve service at the offices where it determines if Texans are eligible for aid.

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