The Mesa County Department of Human Services says the number of food assistance applications it has received has shot up 72 percent this year -- and as a result, they're behind in processing them.
Federal regulations state that counties must process food assistance applications within 30 days after they're received to be in compliance.
Mesa County officials say right now they have 130 applications they're overdue on by about nine and a half days.
They say they are doing everything they can to speed up the process and are even considering options like paying staff overtime.
"We don't want folks to be discouraged by this," said Karen Martsolf, Public Information Officer for the Mesa County Department of Human Services. "We want them to come in and apply for assistance. We know that there's a huge need in our community."
Mesa County officials say they're faring much better than several Front Range counties who are months behind in processing applications. They say their overdue applications only make up 7 percent of all overdue applications statewide.