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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 21, 2004
CONTACT: Tim Bottcher (850) 488-4855

Disaster Food Stamp Program Aids Hurricane Victims

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Children & Families today announced more than 1,300 families affected by the recent hurricanes have received $662,000 in benefits under a Disaster Food Stamp Program run in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“Recent storms have significantly limited many Floridians’ access to food and basic necessities,” DCF Interim Secretary Hadi said. “People should know we care and that we will stand with them in their time of need. We are also very grateful to USDA for their quick response in providing this relief.”

Benefits have already been provided in Hardee and DeSoto counties. Applications are currently being accepted until September 25, 2004 in Polk, Highlands, Charlotte, Lee, and Osceola counties.

In addition, benefits will be made available to hurricane victims in the following counties beginning next week: Brevard, Citrus, Indian River, Martin, Orange, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie.

To qualify, applicants must have experienced damage to their home or self-employment property or must have had a loss of income as a result of the storms. Applicants must also be income eligible as defined by having net income less than the Disaster Food Stamp Program limit.

Benefits are based on family size. One person is eligible for $141 in relief. A family of four is eligible for $471 in benefits.

Persons who currently receive benefits in the regular Food Stamp Program are not eligible for Disaster Food Stamp benefits.

DCF is currently gathering the USDA-required data in order to request these benefits for Hurricane Ivan-affected counties.

For more information on the Disaster Food Stamp Program, including specific dates, times and locations in your area, please call your local DCF office or 1-800-342-9274.

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Last updated: July 08, 2005

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