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SD recognized for quality food assistance program

PIERRE (AP) -- The South Dakota Department of Social Services is receiving an extra $650,000 in federal funding because it has a high accuracy rate in managing the nation's main nutrition program for low-income people.

The department has the nation's lowest error rate in denying or ending coverage in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps. The South Dakota agency has the nation's third lowest overall average payment error rate, which measures the accuracy of determining a household's eligibility.

The national average payment error rate last year was 3.8 percent, while South Dakota's error rate was 1.6 percent.

As of July, the program served more than 104,000 people in South Dakota, About half were children. The average monthly benefit for a household was $307.