August 11, 2022

Statement From FPI on State’s Participation in 2022 Summer P-EBT Program

Amid rising food costs, Florida’s children continue to suffer from hunger. Recent Census Bureau data shows that 23 percent of adults living with children in Florida reported that their kids often or sometimes were food insecure.  

We thank Florida’s Department of Children and Families for doing the right thing for 2.6 million Florida children by applying for $1 billion in SNAP through the USDA’s Summer P-EBT program. These federal dollars are crucial to help reduce food insecurity for families who are already struggling to make ends meet.

Last year, Florida was the very last state to apply for Summer P-EBT, and opted into this program only after dozens of organizations urged the state to take action. It is because of those community groups' continued advocacy that our state has opted to participate in 2022.

The Summer P-EBT program is a provision within the federal American Rescue Plan Act. We thank Florida’s congressional delegation who supported this bill and championed our families and children.

Summer P-EBT benefits will provide additional food assistance to eligible children, totaling $391 per child. Families do not have to apply — the benefits will be loaded onto eligible families’ existing EBT cards.

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