Gov. DeSantis, DCF waive work requirements for ‘food stamps’
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This should ease access to food and housing assistance amid coronavirus pandemic.

The Florida Department of Children and Families waived work requirements for two assistance programs providing food and shelter.

Following passage of Families First Coronavirus Act, Gov. Ron DeSantis requested work requirements be set aside to allow more participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

Helen Aguirre Ferré announced the move on Twitter early Tuesday.

SNAP provides monthly supplements to families to purchase nutritious foods. Recipients ages 16 to 59 are typically required to register for work, participate in SNAP training and enforcement, take a suitable job if offered and not reduce work hours to less than 20 hours a week.

The state also normally has work requirements in place for individuals benefitting from TANF. Those vary by situation. For example, a single parent is required to work at least 30 hours a week while a couple receiving no child care subsidy must work a combined 35 hours a week between both parents.

But as the state Department of Economic Opportunity reports record unemployment applications amid a global COVID-19 pandemic, DeSantis’ office prioritized getting assistance to individuals.

Many workers have been asked to work from home to limit community spread of COVID-19. With a number of businesses unable to operate normally right now, challenges exist for those seeking jobs at the moment as well.

With widespread restrictions on nonessential businesses, some workers have lost their jobs already.

Meanwhile, Florida has seen a significant uptick in positive coronavirus cases in just a few weeks.

The most recent data from the Department of Health shows 1,227 known positive cases in Florida, including 17 deaths. The state is continuing to monitor another 1,237 individuals.

The first case of coronavirus detected in the state became public just on March 1.

The Florida Legislature last week passed an annual budget that included $52 million for fighting COVID-19. Including reserves, the budget dedicated $300 million for the coronavirus pandemic.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Sonja Fitch

    March 24, 2020 at 7:33 am

    Desantis you have the brains to serve and protect. DO NOT BE The stupid tool of paranoid delusional liar trump! Use your best instincts to serve and protect Floridians! Rubio and Scott hit and miss on serving and protecting Floridians and Americans. Shut paranoid delusional liar racist trump now!

  • Pedro

    March 24, 2020 at 8:45 am

    Desantis, Rubio and Scott are in a bind right now. Because of their ambling, bumbling leader and conservative talking points its hard for them to do what needs to be done since it will make them look like they are embracing that societal scourge of modern life socialism! Most of us know that they really fear Bernie more than Biden.

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