(Springfield, IL) – June 17, 2011. For critics of the Illinois State Government bureaucracy, take note: USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced yesterday that the state of Illinois was awarded a $3.4 million bonus for its effective administration of the Supplemental Food and Nutrition Program.
How often do you hear the words “state of Illinois” and “effective administration” in one sentence?
Illinois was recognized for its accuracy rate of 98.3 percent, which ranked fourth in the nation, and having the third most improved accuracy rate in the country.
“Despite caseloads of 700, 1,000 or even 2,500 per worker, our DHS caseworkers have demonstrated yeoman’s efforts that have paid off not only for the state, but for each individual that we serve,” said DHS Secretary Michelle Saddler.
The food program helps low-income people and families buy the food through an electronic card that is accepted at most grocery stores.
There were 862,243 Illinois families receiving food assistance in May.
The maximum monthly benefit for a family of three is $526 a month. The average monthly benefit is $288 a month.
Three cheers for Secretary Saddler.