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State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott
Governor

David E. Wilkins
Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Erin Gillespie,
Press Secretary,
(850) 717-4450
DCF Communications
DCF TESTS NEW TECHNOLOGY AT "FOOD FOR FLORIDA" MOCK DISASTER SITE
~ Agency provides emergency food assistance to individuals and
families in need after a hurricane or other disaster ~

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Department of Children and Families employees from all over the state came together in Tallahassee today to test the agency’s "Food for Florida" disaster preparation operations. The program allows DCF to provide emergency food assistance to families in need after a hurricane or another disaster.

"This proactive planning will ensure that we are able to help those in need quickly and efficiently in the case of a true disaster," said Suzanne Vitale, DCF’s assistant deputy secretary. "We learned lessons today on how our technology and processes can be improved and streamlined."

Dozens of employees played roles of clients in need, including those who needed special services like language interpretation or hard-of-hearing devices. Fraud Prevention staff were also on hand to make sure those asking for help were eligible for the assistance.

DCF runs the “Food for Florida” program under federal guidance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service. Florida distributed $270 million in emergency aid to more than 2 million people after Hurricane Wilma in 2005.

View videos of the event, along with interviews with Assistant Deputy Secretary Suzanne Vitale (video 1) and Emergency Operations Coordinator Matt Howard (video 5).

Note: Photos of the mock hurricane event are attached below.

Food for Florida Mock Disaster Site Food for Florida Mock Disaster Site
Food for Florida Mock Disaster Site Food for Florida Mock Disaster Site

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