Sunday, September 15, 2013

Florida Food Stamps To Shut Down At Midnight

TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Purchases with Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards (also known as Food Stamps) will not be available in Florida starting at midnight on Monday, September 16, 2013.  That's because the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is contracting with a new vendor to provide EBT services to Florida’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients which the agency says will save the State of Florida $21 million over the next three years. 


Normal EBT purchases will resume the evening of September 16, 2013.


According to the latest U.S. Government revised data from SNAP, the number of Floridians on food stamps was 3,568,672 in June 2013, a 4.4% increase compared to June 2012. Florida food stamp enrollment grew at twice the national rate (2.3%) for the same time period.


DCF is urging SNAP recipients to prepare for the one-day downtime by purchasing groceries in advance. New EBT cards will not be needed after the system transition. A person’s existing EBT card will continue to be active.


To assist households, SNAP benefits that would normally be issued between September 11 - 15 will be issued early to ensure families have ample time to plan for their food needs during this short downtime. 


Florida EBT retailers who have not yet converted their point-of-sale devices should immediately contact (800) 894-0050. Retailers who need installation assistance can dial (800) 236-3282 ext. 69224.


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33 comments:

  1. 3.5M Floridiots on food stamps?!? Is that just the number of cards issued? If so, then there are probably two or three times that many (7M - 10.5M) benefiting from them (the family members). There are only 19M people in Floriduh! We're paying the grocery bills for half the state??

    "The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money. - "Margaret Thatcher

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    1. No sweetie, i think you're the idiot. I also think you should understand a situation from all angles before you make a comment about it. I'm a ninth grade English teacher and my husband is a PA, I don't get food stamps but i would call someone an idiot for being in a situation they had no control over. Why don't you do some research on why some people are on food stamp benefits and i guarantee you have a change of heart; it may not completely change but i'm sure you'll understand more. In the beginning i called you an idiot but i take that back, you're just ignorant to the facts.

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    2. No sweetie, i think you're the idiot. I also think you should understand a situation from all angles before you make a comment about it. I'm a ninth grade English teacher and my husband is a PA, I don't get food stamps but i wouldn't call someone an idiot for being in a situation they had no control over. Why don't you do some research on why some people are on food stamp benefits and i guarantee you have a change of heart; it may not completely change but i'm sure you'll understand more. In the beginning i called you an idiot but i take that back, you're just ignorant to the facts.

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    3. Hey Anonymous I guess it is my fault for having a son who after having his children developed a brain tumor and was rendered blind. I guess maybe I should have aborted him having pre guessed this would have happened, huh? I guess maybe his children should be taken away from him because the eldest does the shopping with his EBT card and assumes some of the household duties after school, yes his children are minors. Guess who that person is and call DCF for that why don't you.

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    4. Hey Mr Anonymous
      3.6 millon recipients divided by 19 million residents = 18.5 percent. That is a far cry from HALF but that is a republican politician for you. Always stretching the truth or Lying to get a reaction.

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  2. I agree and wish we could implement Ronald Reagan's workfare.

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    1. would you hire a blind man this very minute who had his nose broken in 4 places at Shands when they sucked brain tumor from his head? I doubt it. Would you buy his children school clothes, pay his water bill, electric or telephone bills either? Or would you turn him in to DCF for being an inadequate father or take his kids from him. I think you would tell him to get off his fat lazy ass and get the f*ck back to work like my sister said to him. Before this happened he had a contractor license and made money hand over fist. Now his mother and kids help take care of him while his wife works at a min wage job in an unstable economy. But they according to most of you are not deserving of state aid. I personally do not need to work more than 5 days a month but work every single day to take care of my own. And I have had 4 strokes at 55 years of age and should be getting state aid. But listening to you people I dont deserve it either. And you are some of the same type of people that would verbally sanction in a loud voice a child for buying things with and EBT card.

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    2. Workfare wouldn't work now because there are no jobs

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  3. Anonymous, you're an idiot. The overwhelming majority of families who receive assistance are seniors, disabled, or those with little kids who are struggling to survive the shaky and slow economic recovery in Florida. And of those who do receive food assistance, the overwhelming majority ARE working, they're simply not earning enough to survive. Grow up and get a clue.

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    1. So, what? It's not my fault these people didn't plan ahead. It's not my fault these people had kids they couldn't afford. Why should I pay these people? If they're hungry they can go to one of the many free soup kitchens (who get their money from donations). It's not my job to take care of every loser in the state.

      Food stamps, like welfare, was nothing more than Dems buying votes... "Vote for me and I'll give you money!" Followed by... "Don't vote for a mean Republican! They'll take all that free money away!"

      But, of course, now you liberals/socialists want me to pay for your health problems, too. Good luck with that. Won't happen.

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    2. Wow..... So BC I'm struggling, I'm considered a loser in your book. Let's not take in consideration that peoples lives change and do so BC of some unfortunate circumstance. Clearly, you need help.. Seek God, BC he's the only one who can change your point of view on things.

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    3. How fortunate you are to have never had an unexpected turn of events/ fortune in your life to require assistance from somewhere other than your paycheck. A change in a person's circumstance does not a "loser" make. Be careful ole judgemental one lest you forget from whence you came! Grant grace & mercy for you may one day need it yourself........

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    4. Anonymous....First know that while you are judging a higher order is judging you. Second since you seem to be far less intelligent that you care to believe, there are people with families who have obtained degrees and higher education than you probably hold and yet due to the economy which I believe has been run down by a REPUBLICAN or have you been oblivious to that also, who have loss their jobs or have been demoted and can no longer afford to make ends meet. Did you also forget about tax increases, the prices of groceries that have increased as well as the cost of fuel and other viable resources? Remember that you are not exempt for a problem or two. I pray that you may never have to experience anything that you are critiquing oh so well because the fall will be to rough for your high horse sitting rump!

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    5. Really, SENIORS are the most of recipents of EBT funds??? PROVE IT! Provide a reliable source stating such and backing your claim..., any chance we will see that? Actually the majority of recipents are UNMARRIED MOTHERS - all races- that also get section 8, subsidizewd daycare, free school lunches, free medical and dental for their kids, even free health care for adults, etc. No wonder we are in trouble!

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    6. to the Anon who wrote this entry: If they're hungry they can go to one of the many free soup kitchens (who get their money from donations). It's not my job to take care of every loser in the state.
      I am the Anon that wrote the piece about the blind man above. Do you want to do the transport for that blind man to a soup kitchen or cook for him or take care of his kids in foster care?
      A$$hat

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  4. People use the EBT system way to much they lie and cheat the government it's not hard either apparently because I work at a grocery store and people come through with thousand dollar balances and buy junk and steak I truthfully feel EBT and snap should be like wic tells you what you can and can not buy.

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    1. unfortunately the food you think is junk is the cheapest...

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    2. want me to post the photos of an MRI that shows a brain tumor and the tendrils that wrapped around optic nerves or the medical bills that total .5 million dollars. Oh shit I am lying here. My blind son does not deserve state aid. You know who it is, turn him in for cheating the system please. Double my work hours for me so I can care for him better. I beg you.

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    3. Okay, what's your name????

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  5. Does anyone find it scary that with the press of the button the government can control whether 3.5 million people can eat or not? Think of the power that control has.

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  6. Im a mother of two and im also a m.a i was able to.take care lf my kids with out the help of the government but then i lost my job amd havent been able to work as a m.a i now work in a ice cream shop getting payed 8.5 thats not eniff to pay for rent water and electric but i have.to be on wlefare which im glad i pay taxes to get help fro the government.. Im not a loser and it burts to see.how ppl think that i wish you can see how it feels to.have food stamps im not pround im ashamed i hide the.card so ppl.like you wont judge me..

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  7. Im sorry for the misspelled words using my phone and its cracked and cant fix it. Thats how poor i am i cant even afford a new phone from metro smh....

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    1. Hey, Obama is giving them out free! Of course, those who work PAY for it - but do not let that bother you - go get one!

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    2. people that do work still get food stamps. sometimes working even two jobs cant pay for all the groceries in the house. Children need food and school lunches that are free suck so yes people that get food assistance are always leaning on the government and sitting on there asses doing nothing.

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  8. Bravo to the person who feels we shouldn't be responsible for everybody else is problems and having kids they couldn't afford. I know so many people whose only concern is having a good time buying the next biggest TV bring the most expensive shoes having the most expensive rims and wearing is much jewelry is a can yes they don't give a damn about their financial situation its everybody else's fault but there's. I have been there on my own business the burn to the ground, got divorced, because my wife left me cuz she has a gold digger. I survived it all paid everything off I own my cars and my home outright and don't give a damn about anybody elses poor situation. The last 20 plus years I have put in 12 15 18 hours a day sometimes 7 days a week for months at a time without a day off. no I have the luxury to take the month vacation at a time I've seen all of our country and have plans to go to Europe and Asia because I made it happen nobody else. People are pissed off at me because they say it must be nice to be rich. Get up off your ass go to work don't spend more than you have and if you don't like it too bad. if you don't work, you don't eat. If the economy crashes,they starve to death, that's just too bad. I prepared for things like that and I'm ready.

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  9. You Calvinists are pretty hurtful, but what can one expect from such an uneducated "professional" class as we have here in Brevard? Go on then, collect your SS and VA and Medicare and tax-free shopping on base benefits...that will show those socialists a thing or two, huh?

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    1. Ahhyh, the liberal mantra against military. Bud, thos VETS have served while getting a miserable pay - I did back in 66 with $45 every two weeks! I also spent 366 days in a military hospital after injured while at work. Was able to continue for 25 years serving instead of 'grabbing' my benefits and running. Proud of serving and I've earned, like all vets, what I am receiving now. Sadly, many think like you - that you deserve the same for doing NOTHING! Wrong!

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    2. Whatever. I served as well. I also think you benefit from a truly socialist system, which is the military system. Deny it if you will, but it is socialist. 20 years work, 50 years retirement benefits. Nice, even for guys that never came near any fighting. I wouldn't deny it to combat veterans, but I would to guys that sat in an office for their 20, then bitch that anyone else in the country gets any benefits. It's hypocritical. We ALL help to make this country work, not just the military.

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  10. Do you just assume that these people will be on assistance forever? Some are working and going to school to better their lives for the kids they "can't afford" but have and are taking care of. There isn't much that people can do that they won't be judged for by people who are "perfect".

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  11. i think 10% of people should not get it. Gov should have better enforcement on misuse of EBT.

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  12. To the people preaching about how they put in 12-18 hours of work bravo !! Atleast you have a job. I'm pretty sure when the real estate business went under and 20k people were layed off in the matter of an hour that was not our choice. Thank Busch for why our unemployment rate climbed. Maybe the United States should keep their nose out of other countries business and worry about the poverty in their own country. Why do that? Its more fun to destroy another country and revuild it. Thats where your money goes. Ive worked for 37 years and payed my taxes so therefore, i payed for my own damn FOODSTAMPS! I dont need your pathetic, selfish money. I only wish for the day you people have to walk a mile in our shoes. God rest the souls I have lost because they too paid taxes in which they are unable to use from the grave. So no one person pays for our living, your pretty much paying your taxes so that when your down on your luck you too will have a way to survive. That is called a UNITED NATION!!

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  13. I think those who would deny people who have been discarded as economically unwanted are simply trying to find a reason to explain why they, themselves are still lucky enough to have decent work. A lazy way to do this is not to look for the underlting factors which have brought us to this point, but simply to blame those who have been hurt by it. That way, they "seperate" themselves from the "contagion" that is joblessness. It may make them feel better about themselves, but does nothing toward solving the problem. You can't alienate everyone from yourself based on the economy simply because you've been lucky or fortunate. Work hard, yes. Blame the poor for their situation based only on your own experience - that's not right. Or smart.

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  14. Derp...none of these comments make sense. Chewbacca is from Tatoine!

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