food stamps

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North Florida Congressman Al Lawson is launching his Let’s Feed America campaign, which aims to reduce hunger by expanding eligibility and making it easier for those in need to receive access to food. Lawson says 1 out of 4 people in the fifth congressional district have been on the SNAP Program or food stamps this year.

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Low-income families who receive benefits via electronic cards issued by Florida’s Department of Children and Families spent most of Monday in the dark, thanks to a pre-planned outage. DCF used the day to change its systems as the department switches card vendors. Spokesman Whitney Ray says the department chose to rely on social media rather than on sending out letters to notify recipients…

The state’s religious leaders worry Congress is trying to shift the financial burden of a federal food stamp program onto the religious community. Congressional leaders are looking to make cuts to the program that will affect millions of Americans. But, the faith community says not only are they opposed to the cuts, they say they have their own financial situations to deal with and won’t be able to pick up the tab.

Capital Report: 02-01-2012

Feb 1, 2012

Today (Tuesday), Republican Senator Mike Fasano of New Port Richey was removed of his chairmanship on the Senate Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Committee by Senate President Mike Haridpolos. Political insiders agree it was all because Fasano was against efforts to privatize Florida’s prison system, a priority of Legislative leadership. I decided to give Fasano a call to find out what really happened…

       

A proposal limiting when, for what and where the state’s food and cash assistance benefits, also known as welfare, can be used, has passed a House committee. Lynn Hatter reports the move comes after a report on the misuse of the electronic benefits card, or EBT.

A proposal limiting when, for what and where the state’s food assistance benefit can be used has passed a House committee. Lynn Hatter reports the move comes after a report on the misuse of the electronic benefits card, or EBT.

Bill sponsor Republican Representative Scott Plakon of Longwood, says he first heard about the abuse of the state’s food assistance program from a news report down in Fort Meyers.