August 24, 2021

Florida missing out on millions of dollars in federal aid for childhood hunger

Katie Santich writes:

"Florida has “made no effort” to apply for $820 million in pandemic SNAP benefits intended to help more than 2 million low-income children have enough to eat during the summer, making it one of only a handful of states ignoring the program, advocates said Tuesday.

The funds, made available under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, would cover up to 90 days of summer break between school years — a one-time bonus of $375 in benefits per child under SNAP, the Supplemental Food Assistance Program, or food stamps. The benefit can be awarded retroactively.


'Given the enormous impact that COVID-19 has had on our state’s most vulnerable families, it doesn’t make sense just to leave this money on the table,' said attorney Cindy Huddleston, a senior policy analyst with the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added]. 'We don’t want that window to close.'"


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