August 30, 2021

Community groups urge DeSantis to apply for $820 million in food aid for kids [Miami Herald]

This post was last updated on December 8, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

Lawrence Mower writes:

More than four months after Florida first could have applied for $820 million in food aid, it’s still unclear if state officials are seeking the money — which is enough to feed 2.1 million children in low-income homes.

More than 80 advocacy groups, including several from South Florida, signed on to a letter Monday urging DeSantis to request the federal aid.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office hasn’t answered repeated questions from the Herald/Times over the past week about the aid’s status.


'There’s still a need for the program, even though schools are in session now,' Huddleston said [emphasis added]. 'The summer [program] is a way for families with low income to get relief, because they’re still playing catch-up from their food costs this summer.'"


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