Delaware's Food Stamp Program Has the Highest Error Rate in the Nation
DOVER, DE – July 12, 2018
The error rate for Delaware's food stamp program — either by over or under payment — is the highest in the nation, according to federal data.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture released new figures related to improper payments associated with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, commonly known as food stamps. The data doesn't measure food stamp fraud and the vast majority of improper payments are due to unintentional errors, according to the USDA. Sixty percent are state agency errors; 40 percent are client errors.
Improper payments includes incorrect amounts paid to an eligible client; payments made to a client that was incorrectly determined to be eligible; or payments for which insufficient or no documentation was found.
Nationally, the error rate is 6.3 percent, with 1.11 percent being underpayments and 5.19 percent overpayments.
Delaware has the highest error rate at 13.95.
According to the USDA, Delaware has more than 39,277 households receiving SNAP.