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Newsroom Kansas to Receive $1.5 Million Food Stamp Bonus

U.S. Department of Agriculture recognizes Kansas for high performance
Topeka- The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will present Kansas with a Food Stamp High Performance Bonus check on Monday, December 11, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. in the Capital, room 313 South. Lieutenant Governor John Moore and Secretary Gary Daniels will be on hand to accept the award.
A check in the amount of $1,590,582 will be presented by Clarence Carter, USDA Deputy Administrator for the Food Stamp Program along with Darlene Barnes, Regional Administrator and Jody Cornwell, Food Stamp Director for the Mountain Plains Region.
Kansas is one of ten states to receive the high performance bonus for payment accuracy. While the national average was 5.84%, the error rate in Kansas was 4.37%. This is the second year in a row Kansas has received a high performance bonus. Kansas also improved its state error rate from 5.11% the previous year.
This is a great achievement for SRS, said Secretary Daniels. Ensuring access to the food stamp program, while maintaining program integrity and providing good customer service, is a top priority for SRS and the State of Kansas.
I'm proud of the on-going efforts of SRS staff to improve customer service and help those who need it most, said Governor Kathleen Sebelius. This is good news for our state.
Plans are to reinvest the money in the program for further enhancement to customer service and program access, including further efforts to improve payment accuracy.
The Wichita SRS Regional Office will also be honored at the event, receiving the Food Stamp Hunger Champion Honorable Mentor Award. The Food Stamp Hunger Champions Program recognizes local offices that have demonstrated exemplary services in assisting eligible clients to obtain food stamp benefits.