GOVERNMENT: Florida’s Food Stamp Program Awarded National Bonus

For the third year in a row, Florida’s Food Stamp program is getting national recognition.

Florida was named the best in the nation for food stamp payment accuracy, and gained an 11 point 5 million dollar bonus.

This was the largest bonus ever received by any state from the USDA, and those at the Department of Children and Families are more than excited.

“We’re very excited about the bonus, we’re excited mostly about the accuracy of the benefit, the people that get the benefit, and the people who do the eligibility for it.” says ACCESS Director Jennifer Lange.

Lange says the legislature will decide what the bonus will go towards, but it’s possible it could help with employment.

GOVERNMENT: Fla. wins $11.5 million food stamp bonus

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s food stamp program has been named the nation’s most accurate in paying benefits for the second year in a row, earning an $11.5 million bonus from the federal government.

The Florida Department of Children and Families on Monday also announced its program has been rated the most improved in a separate category – handing benefit denials and closures. Two years ago, Florida was most improved in payment accuracy.

Florida’s award is the largest ever given to a state since the U.S. Department of Agriculture started the bonus program in 2003.

Florida’s program is the nation’s fourth largest, providing more than $4 billion in benefits to more than 3.5 million people last year.