Dwight Ijames walks an hour every day to get to work. He did it on an empty stomach Wednesday.
"I haven't eaten anything. I'm working a part-time job. I'm going to school," Ijames said.
He gets state assistance to make ends meet, but when he checked the balance on his food stamp card Thursday, the money wasn't there. He said an Iredell County Department of Social Services worker blamed it on the state's conversion to a new electronic benefits system.
"She told me it would take up to two weeks before I would receive any benefits," he said.
Eyewitness News has been telling you about several similar complaints since March. Eyewitness News went to Ijames' local DSS office Wednesday in Iredell County for answers. The director said she was busy with clients and couldn't answer our questions. Afterwards, Channel 9 reached out to the state for the second time in two months.
"Most delays are due to the learning curve of getting up to speed on the new system and working with each county, and we're working with each county to help them with the back-up of case loads," said Ricky Diaz, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services communications director.
A spokesman said it's taken about six months for departments to enter clients into the new system, and once that process is complete, problems should decline. That means things may not get back to normal in Iredell County until next month.
"I'm very disheartened because I feel like the system is failing me," Ijames said.