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DCF Gets Millions For Improving Food Stamp Program

September 16th, 2008 by flanews

Floridas Department of Children and Families got a five million dollar bonus check from the Federal Government today. The Cash bonus is for improving performance in the food stamp program. DCF had fewer food stamp foul-ups in 2007 than they did in previous years. Now the department is well above the national average for its success in getting the right number of stamps to the right people. Interim DCF Secretary George Sheldon says hes proud his department can help so many people.

The need is very great and the reality is that we are now serving just shy of 1.6 million individuals who are getting nutrition and theyre not having to worry about where it is coming from. Thats the kind of thing in an economic downturn that I think is very important, Sheldon said.

Florida now ranks 13th among states for its food stamp accuracy. The state with the most accurate food stamp program is South Dakota.

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