FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 15, 2005
Contact: Contact: DCF Press Office, Zoraya Suarez (850) 488-4855
DCF, USDA to Launch Disaster Food Stamp Program in Escambia, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa Counties
The three counties to also receive replacement food stamp
TALLAHASSEE – The Department of Children & Families, in
with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will implement a
Stamp (DFS) program in Escambia, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa
counties to assist
victims of Hurricane Dennis.
Residents who suffered Dennis-related losses in the three
apply for DFS benefits beginning Tuesday, July 19, through
23, at locations to be announced soon.
“Along with the loss of or damage to their homes and
residents of these three counties lost food,” DCF Secretary
Lucy Hadi said.
“This program will ensure storm victims will not go hungry
as they get back
on their feet. We are grateful to the U.S.D.A. for its role
these benefits available.”
To qualify for benefits applicants must have suffered damage
homes or self-employment property or have experienced a loss
of income or
additional expenses as a result of the storm. Applicants
also must not
exceed income limits. Benefits are based on family size. One
eligible for $149 in Disaster Food Stamp benefits. A family
of four is
eligible for $499.
Eligible individuals and families will be mailed Electronic
Transfer (EBT) cards to use at authorized U.S.D.A. food
benefits are good for 90 days from the date of issuance and
must be used
during that time.
In addition to the DFS program, the Department has received
from the U.S.D.A. to replace benefits for regular food stamp
the three counties. More than 17,000 households will receive
of their regular July benefit amounts. Benefits will be
loaded into each household’s EBT account.
Regular food stamp recipients and those eligible for the DFS
the three counties may use their benefits to purchase hot
through August 31. This rule change will help those who lost
and cooking equipment as a result of Dennis.
More information on the Disaster Food Stamp program is
for Applying for Disaster Food Stamp Benefits