david-wilkins_web.jpgTALLAHASSEE — Florida once again was named as one of the best states in the nation for accuracy in processing food assistance for those in need, saving taxpayers’ dollars while still quickly and correctly providing help to individuals, children and families.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that the precise work of the Department of Children and Families’ economic self-sufficiency processors earned the state of Florida a bonus of $9.1 million.

DCF’s Economic Self-Sufficiency program determines eligibility for Medicaid, food assistance and temporary cash assistance. Florida's Food Assistance Program (also known as food stamps or SNAP — Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is one of the largest in the country, providing assistance to 3.4 million individuals in May.

The $9 million in federal bonus money will be spent at the discretion of the Legislature.

“I am so proud of our dedicated and diligent employees who have made our agency a role model once again for other states across this country,” said DCF Secretary David Wilkins.

Florida’s error rate of 0.87 percent was second only behind Alaska.