USDA approves early release of September food assistance benefits for Florida residents

Posted at 11:58 AM, Aug 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-31 11:59:50-04

To assist families as they prepare for Hurricane Dorian, the Florida Department of Children and Families on Friday approved the USDA's to release September food assistance benefits to all 67 counties.

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) customers who were scheduled to receive their benefits between Sept. 1 and Sept. 14 will now be able to access benefits through their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards starting Aug. 31 at noon.

This is an early release of regular benefits, not a distribution of additional funds.

After an executive order earlier this week, DCF requested a waiver from the USDA allowing the early release of September SNAP benefits. With the full support of Gov. Ron DeSantis and President Donald Trump, the waiver was approved in less than 24 hours.

For updated information, please continue to check the DCF website and social media accounts.