Hamilton County had the highest SNAP timeliness rate in 2016 – better than all the other Metro counties in the state.
The timeliness rate is the percentage of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) cases authorized within 30 days for normal processing or within seven days, if the applicant qualifies for expedited food assistance. Our rate for fiscal 2016 was 96 percent.
The award comes from a time when our staff was coping with increasing requests for help. Hamilton County’s food assistance population grew from 77,000 in 2008 to nearly 150,000 at times up to year 2016. We now stand at about 125,000 recipients in Hamilton County – about one in six people in our community.
More than 42 million Americans benefit from SNAP. It helps them feed themselves and their families when money is short.