This is not what we mean when we say "slow food":
In a letter to the state's health agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said North Carolina social services workers failed to approve applications within the required 30-day window, or one week for emergency applications. In 2013, the state processed those applications an average of 75 percent of the time, ranking fifth from the bottom when compared to the rest of the country.
That means North Carolina lags behind neighbors Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina and even territories such as the Virgin Islands and Guam.
Some other words come to mind when assessing this shortfall on the part of DHHS, such as "continual" and "perpetual." And the longer it continues, the more the word "intentional" sounds like it fits, too. Republicans in both the Legislature and the McCrory administration are on record as viewing cuts to government benefits as some sort of "motivational" tool to push people into being "productive" members of society, and their apparent lack of concern over this Food Stamp issue fits nicely with that mindset. But a mindset that considers malnutrition and hunger as "positive" drivers of behavior has no business occupying seats of government, and should be taken out with the rest of the trash.