DCF Press Release

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Charlie Crist

Robert A. Butterworth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Sarrah Troncoso
December 10, 2007 850-488-4855

Children and Families Secretary Thanks Local Providers in Volusia County
~ Department of Children and Families Overcomes Recent Backlog in Food Stamp Applications ~

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. - Members of the Department of Children and Families including Secretary Bob Butterworth, Regional Director Nancy Dreicer, and Circuit 7 Administrator Reggie Williams joined Lindsay Roberts, Executive Director of the Volusia/Flagler County Coalition for the Homeless, Inc. and local leaders today to announce the resolution of the Department's recent food stamp application processing delays. The announcement was made at the Homeless Assistance Center in Daytona Beach, where Secretary Butterworth also praised local food assistance organizations for their efforts in supplementing the families affected by the backlog.

"We recognize that the people of Daytona deserve public assistance to help in these difficult economic times and we owe it to them to fulfill our end of the bargain," said Secretary Butterworth. "We're a partner in this community and when we couldn't perform, the community played an important role. We're here to give back and help the people who helped us."

Just last month, the Circuit 7 ACCESS Program reported a backlog of 2,280 applications waiting to be processed. As of December 7, only 336 applications remained. The average processing time for food stamp applications is around 28 days. Circuit 7, which includes Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties, records over 10,000 new and reoccurring applications monthly. ACCESS employees statewide helped Circuit 7 process the additional food stamp applications.

Local food banks and charitable organizations stepped in by providing food packages, canned goods and meals to assist families in need. Supplies in assistance centers have diminished while providing services to families normally receiving food stamps and temporary cash assistance from the state and federally funded ACCESS program. Both monetary and food donations have decreased in this area and these groups ask for any contributions to feed families in the area.

To apply for food stamps or to locate a customer service center in your area in need of donations, call 1-866-76ACCESS (1-866-762-2237) visit http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/ess/


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