Florida rewarded with $7 million from feds for wasting $47 million in food stamp funds

Florida once again is getting a hefty bonus from the feds “saving” taxpayer’s money.

This year, the state’s Department of Children and Families managed to misspent only $47,829,887 in food stamp benefits. That’s out of almost $6 billion the state received from the federal government.

Nevertheless, Florida’s error rate of .81 percent the second lowest in the nation, and only a slight dip from the previous year when the state received $8 million for having the lowest in the nation at 0.7 percent. Vermont had the highest waste rate at 9.66 percent, while the national average was 3.2 percent.

SNAP is meant to give individuals and families a helping hand when they need it most, but data verifying its effectiveness is in short supply. But what’s not in short supply are participants in the program. In 2013, around 3,556,500 signed up for SNAP, an increase of more than 200,000 from the year before.

Rachel Greszler, a policy analyst at the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Heritage Foundation, said adding work training or a work requirement to the food stamp program would help reduce misuse of the federal program.

Read more from Watchdog.org.

By: Marianela Toledo

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