A non-profit organization has sued the State of Texas in an attempt to force them to help starving families, many of which are here in Laredo.
The Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid says a delay in food stamp processing across south Texas is getting out hand.
Higher unemployment and under-employment rates, are making for big headaches at the food stamp office as people rush to get assistance, but the Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid says there are many kinks in the system that need to be taken care of and fast.
"Families are trying to make do by borrowing money at times and changing diets to include fewer fruits and vegetables and fresh food"
Attorney Laurie Burns of the Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid says thousands of Texas families are near starving, all because of a system that simply isn't working.
"Both state and federal law require that a decision on food stamps application is made within 30 days and unfortunately we’ve had clients who have been waiting for over 7 months"
Now the organization has sued the State of Texas, attempting to force the Texas Health and Human Services Office to make quick decisions on the piles of pending Food Stamp Applications and bring in the manpower needed to complete the task.
Offices like these across the State of Texas have been bombarded with people seeking assistance and employees here could go on camera but one did tell me their days becoming more hectic.
Each day, at least one more person walks in the doors asking for an appointment.
"I came in today and got an application. They gave me an appointment for tomorrow"
He says employees were quick to grant his wishes, but now comes the wait and he only hopes he won't be waiting for months.
Attorneys with the TRLA say he shouldn't have to.
The lawsuit was filed in December and Burns says she does believe the state is trying but there are many problems in the system right now that she hopes will be solved.