FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 13, 2005
CONTACT: Zoraya Suarez (850) 488-4855
DCF Expands Hot Food Access for Hurricane Katrina Evacuees
~Food Stamp program now helps survivors across Florida ~
TALLAHASSEE – Hurricane Katrina evacuees who received food stamp benefits in their home states can now access food stamps for hot food in all 67 counties throughout Florida. The Department of Children and Families (DCF), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), announced today an expansion of food relief for those who fled their homes in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana for Florida to escape Katrina’s fury.
The expansion is an increase in approved counties, initially limited to the 34 counties in the Panhandle. This measure is intended to assist residents who have been displaced from their homes and cooking supplies as a result of Katrina. Access to hot, prepared food is being expanded due to an influx of evacuees migrating into the state.
In addition to the expansion, these benefits are now available for a month longer than originally authorized. Food Stamp recipients may use their benefits to purchase hot, prepared foods through Nov. 30. Purchase of hot foods is available to individuals who qualified for the Food Stamp Program in their home states, or whose eligibility was determined in Florida by DCF.
The food must be purchased from authorized USDA Food and Nutrition Service retailers. DCF requested and received a waiver of federal regulations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow these purchases.
Food Stamp Recipients with questions may call 1-866-762-2237. More information on the Food Stamp Program can be found at