Thursday, July 07, 2005

Some good news about food stamps

Florida 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.

For more information, go here and scroll down.

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At 10:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good news for illegel Mexicans.
But not for americans.
food stamp online is more interested in your hispanic heritage and how many undocumented are in your household.I am on SS
and at 135% poverty level ,and was denied food stamps by a Mrs Gonzelas ,Of course I am 5th generation american ,thats enough
to denie me food stamps.I am sure Mrs Gonzelas won't denie outlaw
wet backs.Yet these outlaw mexicans open there purse and pull out a 2in thick wad of $100.00 bills to pay for items not covered
by food stamps , then go out and get into a $40,000.00 brand new
Dodge pick up and drive away.
My wife and myself only eat one meal a day .But should have known better .The Bush Scum have sold america .to top it off food stamp online will register you to vote wet back or not. Every one who votes for a free ride for the outlaw wet backs will be voted out of office. WLR

 
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At 4:59 PM, Blogger diapointed said...

me and my two sons are disable and we had to move to get away from ex husband and everthing is so high here we thought we could get food stamps or some help wrong we cant we are all on special diets we cant stay on because we cant afourd the grocery that we are supposed to eat we are americans so i guess that is whythank you for listening to me sighed disapointed

 
At 11:50 AM, Anonymous No one important said...

Well how's this my home in PA is if forcloser and I filed bankrupsty, relocated to Florida to start a new life with my 2 young children. Can't get a job for nothing. And I can't get any type of assistance. They said my home is an asset. Mean while my house is worth 75,000.00 and I owe 96,000.00 in loans on this house, but it is an asset!!! So here I am with NO food in my house and no were to turn!!

 
At 5:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in FL, I am disabled and my husband is a full time student. After I became too sick to work I filed for food stamps online. They sent a letter out Jan. 9 and said to call on or before Jan 10th. I didn't get the letter in time to call for the interview. I have called the administrative office for help and they say they will have someone call me within 24 hours but noone ever does. They gave me a number to call for an interview it is 407-846-5115. I have called it over 30 times in the last week and they never answer it. I would love to see a few other people call this number and if you actually get someone (which i doubt you will) let them know you are sick of your tax dollars funding programs that their state employees just sit on their ass all day and do nothing. I guess because I'm not Mexican they won't help me. I was born in Florida, my bloodlines have been in the usa before the civil war but yet they don't care about me. If you are white no one will help you. Their online program to streamline help is one big farce.

 
At 8:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I applied for assistance in March 6. DCF is given 7-30 days to accept your application. They asked for 12 pieces of information, 5 that I jumped through hoops to get, which I returned in 3 days. My case is still pending. It is 32 days later. I have worked and paid taxes for 10 years. I am a single mother. I now chose between rent, light, or food. I worked for the FL government up to the day I filed for food stamps. 80% of these ladies I woked with are more worried about their personal lives and personal phone calls rather than you having food to eat. There are several stacks 2 ft tall of apps waiting to be entered on each persons desk and still they have tome to gossip. You can contact the secretary of DCF in your area here http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/admin/dcfcontacts.shtml#cent.
For many reasons, I chose to leave this job. Please speak your mind on these issues. And I do agree with the person who wrote about trying to contact DCF for their interview. They sent me a letter saying I had
to contact them between 8-11am on or before 3-12, I received this at 2pm on 3-12. Go figure. By the way, my supervisor and her arrest record can be found at http://www.polksheriff.org/cgi-bin/i080914?book=1997017896. See, they're just like anyone else.

 
At 9:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Florida trying to apply for food stamp is like trying to win the lottery. I have applied already 10 times and each time i apply and send all documentation and I do the interview by phone (because you cannot have a normal one on one interview its by phone ) they send me a letter saying I was denied do I did not do the interview or was denied due of lack of information . I found a job and started to work on a part time, I am a mother of 2 4 months pregnant that my huspand left and found this part time and after 3 months a lost my job, I applied for temp assistance and what did I get nothing the same thing I have done interview with spanish and american with no luck always the same thing ... I am 4 months pregnant , no unemployment and they finally gave me food stamps after I applied and extra 2 times but was denied for temp cash due they said my "household income is too high " My income was $400 foodstamps and $37 a week for child support (that I have not received for 3 years ). So I had no other choice that to sell my furniture so I was not kicked out of the apt with 2 girls and they said I had to provide them with proof of how I paid my rent .. No matter if you are hispanic or american is the same thing Florida is the worst place to get any benefits... and of the anonymous that said the comment about mexicans ... they are as much american receiving food stamps and welfare as hispanic, mexicans has big packs of $100 bills do most of them work hard in construction from 5 am to 8 pm and that is why ... do from foostamps I dont think so some of them do take food stamps and work if that is what he meant but honestly who could live in Florida with foodstamps only ? I have work with a white girl and she works with her sisters name and take foodstamps and lives wht a guy who is a manager so they have full income and all benefits they are saving as much they can to move to Texas and buy a house and she is white born in FLorida .... daughter of a social worker in florida that is what is wrong..but everybody thinks diffrent ... but something is real social workers here hide in an office and take advantage of the phone and internet they help family and freinds and no one else .. they mix documentations and do not care for those that really need the benefits Florida is the worst place to find any help.. medical or welfare Jobs are bad... dont pay or take advantage of the ppl I am packing to leave the only thing here is Disney but the real life here in Florida is not the best place to live.

 
At 4:24 PM, Anonymous James Hunt IV said...

What a sad cruel joke trying to apply for food stamps in Florida. They send you notice after you file online that you must call them for a telephone interview at 407-846-5115 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. The number is constantly busy... you can't ever get through. When I finally did get through at 3:05 p.m. I get a recorded message saying that the office is closed at 3 p.m. when they letter says to call them up to 4 p.m. God Damn Florida DCF.

 
At 4:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does a single person get $200.00 in foodstamps and a single person with SUNCAP only get $129.00 in foodstamps? Both people are on SSI this doesn't sound fair seeing the foodstamps are coming from the same Florida state program. Does anyone know the answer to this question.
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At 10:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FL DCF is a joke. I was unemployed, husband had massive heart attack, no food in the house for months, hospital nutritionist referred me to social services because he was so frail, I applied for food stamps, rec'd letter to call for interview. I rec'd the letter after the date of the interview. For 2 weeks I called this number always saying the mailbox is full. There was another 800 number on the letter, so I called and stayed on hold for 45 mins, a woman said she would do the interview, although that was not her job. In 2 weeks I rec'd a call from a woman working the case who told me the info I needed to send to her. I start faxing info
(28 documents in all). In a few days I again can only reach someone at the Customer Care 800 number which during this time period I must have called dozens of time, sometimes even being disconnected after staying on hold. Finally they said someone is working the case, they have 30 working days to decide the case. I called again and they said I have to prove how I pay my bills & how I am managing my money. I sent all they ask for. By this time I notice that the date has come & I have dropped out of the system & they have added another week, I continue to call & send documentation. At this point, I can never reach anyone. Finally the system shows that the case closed. I don't think anyone ever worked the case. What a disaster.

 
At 8:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had no problems getting my benefits..... the only thing that sucked was when they took my Medicaid and put me as medically needy (whatever the hell that means) I need my stay well and hardly anyone takes the shared cost Medicaid... Right now I'm trying to get ssi for my daughter and their moving pretty fast with all that as well...

 
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Atleast your getting something..they don't have to help you...

 
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