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Florida’s Food Stamp Program Receives $8 Million Bonus

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(Source: CBS4)

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Florida, with the lowest error rate in the nation when it comes to its food stamp program, will receive a hefty bonus.

The Department of Children and Families announced on Friday that the federal government has awarded the state a $8 million bonus for the sixth year in a row.

DCF said that Florida’s error rate of 0.77 percent was the lowest in the nation.

State agencies across the country are required each year to review a statistical sample of households and double-check if the family is eligible for assistance and whether the benefits levels are appropriate.

In May, there were approximately 3.6 million people receiving food stamps in Florida. Food stamps are delivered through electronic debit cards.

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