Some good news about food stampsFlorida is one of the least successful states in delivering food stamps to its vulnerable citizens. Its percentage of eligible persons receiving food stamps is among the worst in the nation. See previous posts here and here.
But a new effort has begun which may improve that record. Florida is one of three states selected to launch a program to reduce hunger and increase food security among the elderly and disabled by streamlining the food-stamp application process.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Combined Outreach and Application Process Program -- called SUNCAP in Florida -- simplifies access to food stamps for persons living alone who are applying for or receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
It’s estimated that 112,000 current SSI recipients in Florida are not receiving food stamp benefits.
Why should you care? Each dollar of food stamps that comes into a community is estimated by the USDA to produce nearly two dollars in economic activity.
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