Florida Politics reports:
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration appears to be backing down from its month-long suggestion that the summertime extension of federal aid for hungry children was not needed. Florida will apply for the $820 million Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer that will give needy families $375 per child in food aid, the state’s child welfare agency said Monday.
The money has been available since April. Florida’s status as the “only state” that had not applied for the aid is a major talking point for Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who sent a letter Aug. 25 asking the Governor to apply for the aid. On Tuesday, Fried, who is running to replace DeSantis as Governor, said she’ll believe Florida has applied for it when she sees it.
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— Commissioner Nikki Fried (@NikkiFriedFL) September 17, 2021
As Florida surpasses 50,000 COVID deaths, and the state is criticized for being the only in the nation that refuses to apply for $820 million in food aid that would benefit 2.1 million children, reminder DeSantis continues to travel the country to laugh it up with wealthy donors. pic.twitter.com/KXj9Ur8UCG
— Thomas Kennedy (@tomaskenn) September 16, 2021