This Mobile Benefits Program is a Flagler County Outreach.  It is designed to help capture a portion of the millions of unclaimed federal dollars for Food Stamps in Flagler County. As the State of Florida is challenged with cutting billions from the State budget, these untapped millions of dollars do not have to be raised or solicited. These dollars are available now. Need Help

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Our Need

Financial support for two years; a community investment of $57,000 per year.

Our Benefit

The Mobile Benefits Program: A Flagler: This investment could help generate over $800,000 worth of benefits for eligible households per year and could help to generate retail spending in our community.

Our Winner

The Flagler County community wins two-fold by assisting our residents who are currently in need and eligible for these benefits and by receiving a return on its investment of more than 1,400%!!!!
 
Our Current State of Poverty:
  • 2009 Federal Poverty Guideline for a family of four - $22,050 (Community Agenda Snapshot Report for Volusia and Flagler Counties).
  • Florida had the largest increase in poverty in the U.S. between 2007 and 2009; Overall poverty in Florida went from 12.1% to 14.9% and poverty in children went from 17.1% to 21.3% (www.epi.org).
  • As of 2008, approximately 5,500 individuals (4.9% of the labor force) are underemployed in Flagler County with a median hourly wage of $8.92(Community Agenda Snapshot Report for Volusia and Flagler Counties).
  • Currently, there are approximately 249 homeless children (Based on definition under The Federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act) in Flagler County (Data collected by Dr. Pamela Jackson-Smith, Homeless Education Coordinator/Parent Specialist, Flagler County Schools).
  • Flagler County families receiving Food Stamp benefits increased 31.7% (4,360 families to 5,743 families) from 09/09 to 09/10 (Data collected by ACCESS Community Partnership Liaison).
  • More professionals (former teachers, former hospital employees and construction workers) are currently seeking benefits (Daytona Beach News-Journal, August 27, 2008).
  • Please have a look at this program from CBS News' 60 Minutes
 
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