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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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