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Florida Food Stamp Program Tops, Wins $9 Million Fed Bonus

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) — The Department of Children and Families gets a bad rap for the way it manages everything from foster care to adoptions, so its only fair they get credit for a good thing, and the feds say Florida is tops in managing Food Stamps.

The federal government said Florida will be getting a $9.1 million bonus for the way its managed the program, the fifth year in a row the state has qualified for a bonus.

DCF said that Florida's error rate of 0.87 was the second lowest in the nation. The only state that did a better job is Alaska.

State agencies across the country are required each year to review a statistical sample of households and double-check if the family is eligible for assistance and whether the benefits levels are appropriate.

In May there were approximately 3.4 million people receiving food stamps in Florida.

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