The Department of Children and Families is keeping separate data to track people who qualify for food stamps because the oil has destroyed their careers.
“Being not only in the food stamp program and other benefit programs but also seen through our mental health program also," says Don Winstead, the Welfare Advisor for DCF. "One of the things we typically do after disaster is increase our counseling capacity because people are going to be affected in a variety of ways."
He says along with the growing need for food assistance is a growing need for councilors to help families going through hard times.
The number of new applications for food stamps is actually higher in non-coastal panhandle counties than those on the waters.
Windstead says that’s the case because many of the people being affected by the spill work near the coast, but can’t afford to live there.
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