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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 26, 2005
CONTACT: Zoraya Suarez, (850) 488-4855

DCF Disaster Food Stamp Program Update - July 26, 2005

As of today, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) has approved a total of $10.3 million in Disaster Food Stamp (DFS) benefits for victims of Hurricane Dennis.

In response to Dennis, the Department, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, launched a DFS Program in Escambia, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties and accepted applications for the program last week. To date the Department has approved applications from 26,527 families and 81,571 individuals to receive benefits. More approvals are pending.

A breakdown on the number of families and individuals to receive benefits, and benefit amounts is as follows:

County Families Individuals Benefits
Escambia15,65747,685$6.05M
Okaloosa3,46410,867 $1.37M
Santa Rosa7,40623,019$2.92M
Totals26,52781,571$10.36M

Individuals determined to be eligible for the program this week will receive Electronic Benefit Transfer cards, similar to ATM cards, that can be used at USDA-approved food retailers.

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Last updated: November 09, 2007

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