With the state Department of Children and Families switching to a new vendor, the program that provides food assistance, formerly known as food stamps, to low-income people will be temporarily offline Monday, Sept. 16.
Florida welfare recipients who use EBT cards are no longer allowed to use them at “adult entertainment establishments” like strip clubs and casinos.
State officials would have to make electronic state benefits cards unusable at liquor stores, gambling establishments and strip clubs under a bill that passed the House easily on Thursday, but over the objections of Democrats who said it was a political posturing bill that capitalizes on a stereotype about the poor.
Public-assistance recipients may no longer use food stamps to purchase liquor or visit strip clubs and gambling venues, should a HB 701 continue making its way through the Florida Legislature.
Florida officials have set up a text alert system to help feed victims of the departing storm.
If you have to have food stamps to make ends meet, it looks like the state won’t ban you from having a snack, munching on chips, or enjoying a candy bar. A Florida House panel stripped a provision from a bill that would have banned the purchase of so called junk food with food stamps.
A proposal to prevent poor people from using federal assistance to buy certain snack foods was narrowly approved by a House committee Monday, but the sponsor said after heavy debate that he may change sections of the bill dictating what foods the aid can be used for.
A bill that would eliminate “non-healthy, non-staple” foods from those permitted under food assistance guidelines sparked a tart debate in the Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee on Wednesday.
The State of Florida has just made it easier for welfare recipients to get email, text messaging and voice mail updates on their benefits.