Food Stamp Applications Approved After Lawsuit

Texas – The day after a group sued the state over delays in the processing of food stamp applications, the Health and Human Services Commission finished approving the applications for the seven families named as plaintiffs.

But a lawyer from Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Robert Doggett, says that the approvals Friday don't mean the fight is over because thousands of other applicants are still waiting.

A spokeswoman for the commission tells the Austin American-Statesman that Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Tom Suehs has offered to meet with the families to apologize and get their input on improving the system.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in state district court in Travis County on behalf of the seven families and two nonprofits.

Doggett says he plans to add more families to the suit.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.