The state Department of Children and Families has postponed the start of its emergency food stamp program until next week. The DCF District 13 office in Inverness will begin processing food stamp applications Tuesday, said Ruth Gleason, district manager for support services for the district, which includes Citrus, Hernando, Marion, Lake and Sumter counties.
The food stamps will be distributed under a federal program called Disaster Food Stamp Assistance. The program is designed to help people who usually do not receive food stamps. The stamps would come as debit cards and would range from $141 to $471, depending on an individual's or family's income level and need. If an individual or family is approved, DCF will mail the debit cards to their homes within five days, Gleason said Tuesday. Applications for the disaster food stamp program will be available at the Inverness Service Center, 2315 U.S. 41 N. For information, call call 860-5000.