The Cincinnati-area county that was the worst in Ohio at processing food stamp applications on time has improved its performance, and a neighboring county has taken over the bottom spot on the list.
The applications are supposed to be processed within 30 days, and the delays upset advocates for people who were going hungry.
Hamilton County officials said funding cuts and layoffs caused the delays.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the county added staff and is now meeting the requirement with 86 percent of applications, roughly doubling its rate from late last year.
Butler County now has the poorest performance after losing one-third of its staff last year.
It processed just 44 percent of food stamp applications on time last month but is restructuring to help clear the backlog.
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