September 29, 2021

Florida finally wins approval for summer food stamp program helping children in poverty

Kate Santich writes:

"It’s official: After weeks of pleas from education and anti-hunger advocates and finger-pointing by politicians, Florida has become one of the last states in the nation to win federal approval for a one-time pandemic food stamp boost of more than $1 billion for children in poverty.


The state submitted the application late last week. The nonpartisan Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], which led a statewide effort to persuade the Florida Department of Children and Families and Gov. Ron DeSantis to apply for the funds after months of inaction, called the decision a victory for children and 'an important lesson in civics.'

'Of course, the real winners here are the kids, whose dinner plates will be full,' wrote Cindy Huddleston, an attorney with the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added] who advocates for safety-net programs for low-income families. 'However, this is also a victory for those who made their voices heard.'"


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