August 31, 2021

Dozens of groups join calls for DeSantis to authorize food stamp boost for low-income children [Orlando Sentinel]

This post was last updated on September 29, 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.

Kate Santich writes:

"More than 80 groups, including the Florida PTA, have joined a plea for state leaders to secure $820 million in federal food benefits that would help 2 million low-income children across the state. But it’s a move Gov. Ron DeSantis appears unlikely to make.


While most schools did have remote learning for part of the year, this program addresses the summer, not the school year, notes attorney Cindy Huddleston, a senior policy analyst for the nonpartisan Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added].

“Of course, the state also would benefit from the influx of P-EBT spent at local grocery stores and markets,” she said."


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