FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 29, 2005
CONTACT: Zoraya Suarez (850) 488-4855
DCF Rushes Food Stamps in Response to Hurricane Katrina
TALLAHASSEE – In response to the substantial effects of Hurricane
Katrina, the Department of Children & Families (DCF), in partnership with
the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is issuing an early release of
the September food stamp benefits. This two-day advance measure is
intended to ensure that storm-impacted residents have an adequate food
supply during the aftermath and recovery period.
The advance distribution applies only to participants of the regular
food stamp program in Miami-Dade, Monroe and Broward Counties. By lifting
the staggered issuance for September, current food stamp recipients will be
able to access their full allotment tomorrow, August 30, by using their
Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card to begin immediate recovery efforts
from the storm.
Currently, in Miami-Dade County 177,045 families receive food stamp
benefits, while 2,123 families receive food stamp benefits in Monroe
County, and 50,868 families receive food stamp benefits in Broward.
For learn more about the Food Stamp program please call 1-866-76ACCES (
1-866-762-2237) or visit http://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/.
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