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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 30, 2005
CONTACT:  Zoraya Suarez (850) 488-4855

DCF Rushes Food Stamps to Panhandle 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 lifting the staggered issuance of the September food stamp benefits. This advance measure is intended to ensure that storm-impacted residents have an adequate food supply during the aftermath and recovery period.

The early distribution applies only to participants of the regular food stamp program in Okaloosa, Escambia, and Santa Rosa Counties. By lifting the staggered issuance for September, current food stamp recipients will be able to access their full allotment September 1, by using their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card to begin immediate recovery efforts from the storm.

Currently, in Okaloosa County 3,685 families receive food stamp benefits, while 10,354 families receive food stamp benefits in Escambia County, and 3,050 families receive food stamp benefits in Santa Rosa.

To 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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Last updated: November 09, 2007

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