Press Release

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott

David E. Wilkins

May 19, 2011
DCF Communications
(850) 488-4855

DCF Exercises 'Food for Florida' Program in Preparation for Hurricane Season

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Florida's ability to register people for emergency food assistance was tested during a mock emergency exercise in Tallahassee today. As Florida's hurricane season approaches, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) tested their 'Food For Florida' program, an essential part of the disaster response and recovery responsibilities of the agency.

"Past hurricane disasters have taught us valuable lessons on how we can better prepare our response efforts," said David Wilkins DCF Secretary. "Today we are exercising the plans we have crafted on paper to ensure we are ready to assist our most vulnerable citizens in the most tragic natural disasters."

DCF runs the 'Food For Florida' program under federal guidance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). The program assists families that were negatively impacted by the affects of a disaster to purchase food. Regular Food Assistance Program participants are not eligible for the program, as they receive separate benefits.

Florida distributed $269.8 million in emergency aid to more than 2.1 million people after Hurricane Wilma in 2005.