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United States Department of Agriculture approves early release of SNAP benefits ahead of Hurricane Dorian

Posted at 10:10 AM, Aug 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-31 10:10:54-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — To assist families as they prepare for Hurricane Dorian, the Florida Department of Children and Families has approved the release of September food assistance benefits to all 67 counties.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) customers who were scheduled to receive their benefits between September 1 and September 14 will now be able to access benefits through their Electronic Benefit Transfer cards starting August 31 at noon.

This is an early release of regular benefits, not a distribution of additional funds.

I applaud Governor DeSantis and President Trump for their swift action in response to the needs of Florida’s vulnerable children and families preparing for this major hurricane .The early release of benefits will allow families to purchase much-needed food prior to Hurricane Dorian’s landfall.
Chad Poppell, DCF Secretary