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Hurricane Dennis News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 19, 2005
Media Inquiries: DCF Press Office (850) 488-4855
Recipient Inquiries: 1-866-762-2237

Food Stamps Can Now Buy Hot Meals

--Rule change for Dennis applies to Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa counties--

TALLAHASSEE The Department of Children and Families, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, today announced that Food Stamp recipients in Escambia, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties impacted by Hurricane Dennis may use their benefits to purchase hot prepared foods through August 31. This temporary change in the Food Stamp program rules for the residents of the three counties will assist people who lost their homes and cooking supplies as a result of the hurricane.

The rule change applies to participants of both the regular Food Stamp and Disaster Food Stamp programs in the three counties.

The food must be purchased from authorized USDA Food and Nutrition Service retailers. Retailers in the affected counties have been notified of the exception to program rules.

DCF requested and received a waiver of federal regulations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow these purchases.

Recipients with questions may call 1-866-762-2237.

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