Buncombe County Submitted: July 12, 2022 | Updated: December 9, 2022

(July 2022) Multi-part request for Buncombe County, NC Government: Demographic data related to “Food Assistance Program Participants” and “Residents Who Receive Unemployment Benefits” (2019, 2020, 2021)

Hello Buncombe County, NC Government (Records Officer),

I'd like to make a multi-part public records request for the following information under NC Public Records Law.
Ref: https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

For expedience, I have elected to combine two requests into the following:


A. Please provide demographic data regarding “Buncombe County participants in Food Stamp and SNAP programs.”

I’d like to know the total number of Buncombe County resident participants for the last three calendar years (2019, 2020 and 2021). Please break out the data by participant Age, Sex, Race, Ethnicity and Citizenship Status for each program during each year.

Please do not include any personally identifiable information.


B. Please provide demographic data regarding “Buncombe County Residents Who Receive Unemployment Benefits.”

I’d like to know the total number of Buncombe County residents who received unemployment benefits from the North Carolina Division of Employment Security through the North Carolina Department of Commerce for the last three calendar years (2019, 2020 and 2021). Please break out the data by participant Age, Sex, Race, Ethnicity and Citizenship Status for each year.

Please do not include any personally identifiable information.
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If this information is already publicly available online, please provide a link to where the info can be accessed.

** If you are unable to fulfill any or all parts of this request, please specifically cite where a reason for denial is justified under NC Public Records Law. **

Thank you for your assistance!"

Thank you!

Editor’s Note: Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

Status: Completed

Activity:

  • December 9, 2022 6:14 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Kirby, Emily <[email protected]> via ncconnect.onmicrosoft.com
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 8, 2022, 6:14 PM
    subject: Automatic reply: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2022092601

     

    Thank you for your email. My last day at NCDHHS was Thursday, December 8. Please direct all public records inquiries to [email protected]


    Status: Completed
  • December 8, 2022 6:13 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Maleski, Sara” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>,
    “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 8, 2022, 6:13 PM
    subject: Re: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2022092601

     

    Good afternoon Sara,

     

    Thank you for your help with this request!

     

    I’ve marked this as completed on our site.

     

    Appreciate your assistance.

     

    **Editor’s Note: The link that Sara provided can also be seen here: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/social-services/program-statistics-and-reviews/fns-caseload-statistics-reports

     

    Additionally — Please see the previously referenced “data file” (BuncombeParticipantsByProgramGenderRaceEthinicityAge.xlsx) at top left in our Documents section.


    Status: Completed
  • December 6, 2022 1:38 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Maleski, Sara <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>,
    “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 6, 2022, 1:38 PM
    subject: RE: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2022092601

     

    Additional public responsive information can be found here.

     

    DHHS does not have records responsive to part B. You may wish to contact the NC Division of Employment Security through the Department of Commerce.

     

    Thank you,

    Sara Maleski

    Legal Communications Paralegal

    Office of Communications

    NC Department of Health and Human Services

    Office: 919-855-4840

    [email protected]

    101 Blair Drive, Adams Building

    2001 Mail Service Center

    Raleigh, NC 27699-2001

     

    **Editor’s Note: The link that Sara provided can also be seen here: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/social-services/program-statistics-and-reviews/fns-caseload-statistics-reports


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • December 6, 2022 1:20 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Maleski, Sara <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>,
    “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 6, 2022, 1:20 PM
    subject: RE: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2022092601

     

    Good afternoon,

     

    Please find attached data responsive to your request. DHHS now considers this request closed, but please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.

     

    Thank you,
    Sara Maleski

    Legal Communications Paralegal

    Office of Communications

    NC Department of Health and Human Services

     

    **Editor’s Note: Please see referenced “data” file “BuncombeParticipantsByProgramGenderRaceEthinicityAge.xlsx” at top left in documents


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • December 1, 2022 3:12 pm

    2 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Maleski, Sara” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>,
    “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 1, 2022, 3:12 PM
    subject: Re: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2022092601

     

    Good afternoon Sara,

     

    I wanted to check in on this request to see if there was any update to report?

     

    I will plan on following up again later this month if I don’t hear back before then.

     

    Appreciate your help!


    Status: Follow up
  • November 18, 2022 2:52 pm

    2 months ago

    from: Maleski, Sara <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>,
    “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>
    date: Nov 17, 2022, 2:52 PM
    subject: RE: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2022092601

     

    Good afternoon,

     

    We are expecting the report to be available in early December.


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • November 17, 2022 2:40 pm

    2 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Maleski, Sara” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>,
    “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>
    date: Nov 17, 2022, 2:40 PM
    subject: Re: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2022092601

     

    Good afternoon Sara,

     

    Thank you for the update back on 11/7.

     

    Can you please provide an anticipated date or timeline for completion of the request, so we know what to expect?

     

    We will wait to follow up again until you specify.

     

    Appreciate your help!


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • November 10, 2022 2:13 pm

    2 months ago

    from: Maleski, Sara <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>,
    “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>
    date: Nov 7, 2022, 2:13 PM
    subject: RE: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2022092601

     

    Good afternoon,

     

    Staff are continuing to work on your request.


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • November 4, 2022 5:52 pm

    2 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Maleski, Sara” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>,
    “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>
    date: Nov 4, 2022, 5:52 PM
    subject: Re: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2022092601

     

    Good afternoon Sara,

     

    Thank you again for your response back on October 11th. I am checking in a second time to see if there were any new updates to report since then?

     

    I will plan on following up again before the end of the month if I don’t hear back before then.

     

    Appreciate your assistance!


    Status: Follow up
  • October 25, 2022 3:21 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Maleski, Sara” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>,
    “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>
    date: Oct 25, 2022, 3:21 PM
    subject: Re: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2022092601

     

    Good afternoon Sara,

     

    Thank you for your response back on October 11th. I wanted to check in and see if there were any new updates to report since then?

     

    I will plan on following up again in November if I don’t hear back before then.

     

    Appreciate your assistance!


    Status: Follow up
  • October 11, 2022 4:57 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Maleski, Sara <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>,
    “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>
    date: Oct 11, 2022, 4:57 PM
    subject: RE: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2022092601

     

    Good Afternoon,

     

    Staff are continuing to work on your request and hope to have the report completed by the end of the month.

     

    Thank you,
    Sara Maleski

    Legal Communications Paralegal

    Office of Communications

    NC Department of Health and Human Services


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • October 11, 2022 4:09 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Maleski, Sara” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>,
    “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>
    date: Oct 11, 2022, 4:09 PM
    subject: Re: Public Records Request #2022092601

     

    Good afternoon Sara,

     

    Thank you for confirming receipt of this request back on 9/26. I wanted to check in and see if there was any update to report?

     

    I will plan on following up again at the end of the month if I don’t hear back before then.

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Follow up
  • September 26, 2022 10:48 am

    4 months ago

    from: Maleski, Sara <[email protected]>
    to:[email protected]” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>,
    “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>
    date: Sep 26, 2022, 10:48 AM
    subject: Public Records Request #2022092601

     

    Good Morning,

     

    Thank you for your public records request to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). Your request has been assigned #2022092601. NCDHHS is committed to responding to your request as promptly as possible; however, please be advised that we are currently experiencing a very high volume of requests, and the fulfillment of your request may be affected by the agency’s work responding to COVID-19.

     

    Best,

    Sara Maleski

    Legal Communications Paralegal

    Office of Communications

    NC Department of Health and Human Services

    Office: 919-855-4840

    [email protected]

    101 Blair Drive, Adams Building

    2001 Mail Service Center

    Raleigh, NC 27699-2001


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • September 23, 2022 1:24 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Stacey Wood <[email protected]>
    cc: DL-HHSPIO <[email protected]>,
    DHHS-News <[email protected]>
    date: Sep 23, 2022, 1:24 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (July 2022) Multi-part request for Buncombe County, NC Government: Demographic data related to “Food Assistance Program Participants” and “Residents Who Receive Unemployment Benefits” (2019, 2020, 2021)

     

    Hi Stacey (and [email protected] now CCed),

     

    Thank you for the update.

     

    This public records request was first sent to Buncombe County Gov (Kassi) on 07/19/22. Then I suppose forwarded to your office by Kassi and we received your initial reply on 08/24/22:

     

    “BCHHS does not have the demographic data that is responsive to your request. We think that it might be possible that NCDHHS has this information. I have been working to find the right contact at NCDHHS and just reached out again to see how to best direct your request.”

     

    Reviewing your new email today — Can you and [email protected] please clarify what, if any, responsive information Buncombe County HHS is able to provide, as well as the estimated timeline for completion (and who will be handling the request)?

     

    For reference, I’ve pasted the original request below:
    ————————————————

     

    Subject: (July 2022) Multi-part request for Buncombe County, NC Government: Demographic data related to “Food Assistance Program Participants” and “Residents Who Receive Unemployment Benefits” (2019, 2020, 2021)

     

    Message: “Hello Buncombe County, NC Government (Records Officer),

     

    I’d like to make a multi-part public records request for the following information under NC Public Records Law.
    Ref: https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

     

    For expedience, I have elected to combine two requests into the following:

     

    A. Please provide demographic data regarding “Buncombe County participants in Food Stamp and SNAP programs.”

     

    I’d like to know the total number of Buncombe County resident participants for the last three calendar years (2019, 2020 and 2021). Please break out the data by participant Age, Sex, Race, Ethnicity and Citizenship Status for each program during each year.

     

    Please do not include any personally identifiable information.

     

    B. Please provide demographic data regarding “Buncombe County Residents Who Receive Unemployment Benefits.”

     

    I’d like to know the total number of Buncombe County residents who received unemployment benefits from the North Carolina Division of Employment Security through the North Carolina Department of Commerce for the last three calendar years (2019, 2020 and 2021). Please break out the data by participant Age, Sex, Race, Ethnicity and Citizenship Status for each year.

     

    Please do not include any personally identifiable information.
    ——–

     

    If this information is already publicly available online, please provide a link to where the info can be accessed.

     

    ** If you are unable to fulfill any or all parts of this request, please specifically cite where a reason for denial is justified under NC Public Records Law. **

     

    Thank you for your assistance!”

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • September 23, 2022 1:09 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Stacey Wood <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: DL-HHSPIO <[email protected]>
    date: Sep 23, 2022, 1:09 PM
    subject: RE: Records Request: (July 2022) Multi-part request for Buncombe County, NC Government: Demographic data related to “Food Assistance Program Participants” and “Residents Who Receive Unemployment Benefits” (2019, 2020, 2021)

     

    Hello Sunshine!

     

    Here is the response that I received from NCDHHS:

     

    __________________________________

     

    Hey Stacey,

     

    If you can provide any of the requested information, you can do that, and then refer the person to [email protected] for the rest and we can assess.

     

    Kelly Haight Connor

    Communications Manager

    Office of Communications

    NC Department of Health and Human Services


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • September 22, 2022 6:56 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Stacey Wood <[email protected]>
    cc: [email protected]
    date: Sep 22, 2022, 6:56 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (July 2022) Multi-part request for Buncombe County, NC Government: Demographic data related to “Food Assistance Program Participants” and “Residents Who Receive Unemployment Benefits” (2019, 2020, 2021)

     

    Good afternoon Stacey,

     

    Following up again on this public records request: (July 2022) Multi-part request for Buncombe County, NC Government: Demographic data related to “Food Assistance Program Participants” and “Residents Who Receive Unemployment Benefits” (2019, 2020, 2021)

     

    We last heard from you on 8/24 when you had said: “I have been working to find the right contact at NCDHHS and just reached out again to see how to best direct your request.”

     

    If you have any update to report please let me know. I will plan on following up again in early October if I don’t hear back before then.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!


    Status: Follow up
  • September 15, 2022 2:59 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Stacey Wood <[email protected]>
    date: Sep 15, 2022, 2:59 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (July 2022) Multi-part request for Buncombe County, NC Government: Demographic data related to “Food Assistance Program Participants” and “Residents Who Receive Unemployment Benefits” (2019, 2020, 2021)

     

    Good afternoon Stacey,

     

    I am following up to see if you can provide an estimated time of completion for the above request: (July 2022) Multi-part request for Buncombe County, NC Government: Demographic data related to “Food Assistance Program Participants” and “Residents Who Receive Unemployment Benefits” (2019, 2020, 2021)

     

    I will plan on following up again on this request at the end of month if I don’t hear back before then.

    Thank you!


    Status: Follow up
  • September 7, 2022 1:53 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Stacey Wood <[email protected]>
    cc: “Kassi L. Day” <[email protected]>
    date: Sep 7, 2022, 1:53 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (July 2022) Multi-part request for Buncombe County, NC Government: Demographic data related to “Food Assistance Program Participants” and “Residents Who Receive Unemployment Benefits” (2019, 2020, 2021)

     

    Good afternoon Stacey,

     

    Thank you for your response!

     

    I will remove Kassi from CC moving forward, but wanted to make sure she was aware of our correspondence here.

     

    I will plan on following up again in mid-September if I don’t hear back before then.

     

    Appreciate your help.


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • August 24, 2022 11:27 am

    5 months ago

    from: Stacey Wood <[email protected]>
    to:[email protected]” <[email protected]>
    date: Aug 24, 2022, 11:27 AM
    subject: RE: Records Request: (July 2022) Multi-part request for Buncombe County, NC Government: Demographic data related to “Food Assistance Program Participants” and “Residents Who Receive Unemployment Benefits” (2019, 2020, 2021)

     

    Hello Sunshine,

     

    BCHHS does not have the demographic data that is responsive to your request. We think that it might be possible that NCDHHS has this information. I have been working to find the right contact at NCDHHS and just reached out again to see how to best direct your request.

     

    Thank you,
    Stacey Wood
    Communications Team | Public Information Officer
    Buncombe County Health & Human Services
    Media Line: (828) 775-1321
    Media Email: [email protected]


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • August 10, 2022 1:10 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Kassi L. Day” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Michael C. Frue” <[email protected]>
    date: Aug 10, 2022, 1:10 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (July 2022) Multi-part request for Buncombe County, NC Government: Demographic data related to “Food Assistance Program Participants” and “Residents Who Receive Unemployment Benefits” (2019, 2020, 2021)

     

    Good afternoon Kassi,

     

    Thank you for confirming receipt of this request back on 7/21. I wanted to check in and see if there was any update to report?

     

    I will plan on following up again at the end of the month if I don’t hear back before then.

     

    Appreciate your help!


    Status: Follow up
  • July 21, 2022 3:33 pm

    6 months ago

    from: Kassi L. Day <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: “Michael C. Frue” <[email protected]>
    date: Jul 21, 2022, 3:33 PM
    subject: RE: Records Request: (July 2022) Multi-part request for Buncombe County, NC Government: Demographic data related to “Food Assistance Program Participants” and “Residents Who Receive Unemployment Benefits” (2019, 2020, 2021)

     

    Hello Sunshine, we have received this request and will review. Thanks

     

    Kassi Day
    she/hers
    Communications & Public Engagement, PIO
    (828) 250-4119 / cell (828) 767-3226
    199 College St., Asheville, NC 28801
    Respect. Integrity. Collaboration. Honesty. Equity.


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • July 19, 2022 3:48 pm

    6 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Kassi L. Day” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Michael C. Frue” <[email protected]>
    date: Jul 19, 2022, 3:48 PM
    subject: Records Request: (July 2022) Multi-part request for Buncombe County, NC Government: Demographic data related to “Food Assistance Program Participants” and “Residents Who Receive Unemployment Benefits” (2019, 2020, 2021)

     

    Good afternoon Buncombe County Government,

     

    I’d like to make a public records request for information that may be available in your office.

     

    If you’re not the appropriate party to contact about the request, please provide the correct name and email address of whom I should send it to.

     

    Please confirm receipt to let me know the request will begin processing, and if possible, please provide a rough estimate of when the request may be completed. I will plan on following up again in early August if I have not heard back before then.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject: (July 2022) Multi-part request for Buncombe County, NC Government: Demographic data related to “Food Assistance Program Participants” and “Residents Who Receive Unemployment Benefits” (2019, 2020, 2021)

     

    Message: “Hello Buncombe County, NC Government (Records Officer),

     

    I’d like to make a multi-part public records request for the following information under NC Public Records Law.
    Ref: https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

     

    For expedience, I have elected to combine two requests into the following:

     

    A. Please provide demographic data regarding “Buncombe County participants in Food Stamp and SNAP programs.”

     

    I’d like to know the total number of Buncombe County resident participants for the last three calendar years (2019, 2020 and 2021). Please break out the data by participant Age, Sex, Race, Ethnicity and Citizenship Status for each program during each year.

     

    Please do not include any personally identifiable information.

     

    B. Please provide demographic data regarding “Buncombe County Residents Who Receive Unemployment Benefits.”

     

    I’d like to know the total number of Buncombe County residents who received unemployment benefits from the North Carolina Division of Employment Security through the North Carolina Department of Commerce for the last three calendar years (2019, 2020 and 2021). Please break out the data by participant Age, Sex, Race, Ethnicity and Citizenship Status for each year.

     

    Please do not include any personally identifiable information.
    ——–

     

    If this information is already publicly available online, please provide a link to where the info can be accessed.

     

    ** If you are unable to fulfill any or all parts of this request, please specifically cite where a reason for denial is justified under NC Public Records Law. **

     

    Thank you for your assistance!”

     

    Thank you!

     

    ** Sunshine Request (www.sunshinerequest.com) makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.


    Status: Sent to Government
  • July 12, 2022 5:26 pm

    6 months ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending