Florida Gets Bonus For Food Stamp Program

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – For the seventh year in a row, Florida is getting a bonus from the federal government for how it runs its food stamp program.

The Department of Children and Families announced on Thursday that the federal government has awarded the state $7 million.

DCF said that Florida’s error rate of 0.81 percent was the second lowest in the nation. Last year, Florida had the lowest error rate.

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 March, there were approximately 3.45 million people receiving food stamps in Florida. Food stamps are delivered through electronic debit cards.

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