Lawsuit alleges widespread problems in District-run food stamp program

Low-income D.C. residents are not getting the help they need to buy groceries because of widespread problems with the District’s food stamp program, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court on Monday.

News Story (District of Columbia)

Ann E. Marimow
Washington Post
August 28, 2017

Tags: Public Benefits

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia


Brought by four individuals and the nonprofit safety net organization Bread for the City, the court filing details delays in processing applications and the elimination of benefits without warning in violation of federal law.

The “ongoing failures mean that households are deprived of desperately needed assistance to help them feed their families and suffer hunger as a result,” according to the lawsuit filed by the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, which has brought similar cases, including in New York, Maryland and Arizona.