DCF Welcomes Arizona Department of Economic Security to Tampa, Observes Community Partnership Program

**MEDIA ADVISORY**

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 30, 2012

Contact:
Terri Durdaller
(813) 917-7570

DCF Welcomes Arizona Department of Economic Security to Tampa, Observes Community Partnership Program

TAMPA – The Department of Children and Families has one of the most robust Food Assistance Programs (also known as food stamps or SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) in the country. Tomorrow, July 31 the Federal government is sponsoring a trip for the Arizona Department of Economic Security to come check out Florida’s program.

As technology advances so does the department’s interaction with our customers. More than 95 percent of applications come to us from the customers' home computer or community agencies, churches, and social groups. Since our customers already visit food banks, homeless organizations and aging resource centers, we established a community partnership agreement so while the customers are there they can apply for benefits. We provide training and other assistance to the designated site.

The department has established 422 community partner sites in the SunCoast region where customers can apply for benefits, check on the status of their case, or report changes to their current situation.

The Arizona representatives and DCF leadership will be visiting two local community partners - Computer Mentors Group and the Tampa Family Health Center (TFHC). Computer Mentors Group, Inc. is a non-profit service organization comprised of computer professionals, and others interested in the future job opportunities of disadvantaged youths.

TFHC operates eight health care delivery sites and one mobile medical van. In addition to the pediatric, family practice and internal medicine services furnished at all sites, three of the centers operate dental clinics, four have on-site pharmacies and one is equipped with an X-ray department. TFHC works closely with schools, shelters and faith-based organizations by providing outreach and educational projects within the community.

DCF's Economic Self-Sufficiency program determines eligibility for Medicaid, food assistance and temporary cash assistance. Florida's Food Assistance Program is one of the largest in the country, providing assistance to 3.4 million individuals in June.

  • WHO:
    Florida Department of Children and Families and Arizona Department of Economic Security
  • WHAT:
    Arizona State Visit – Food Assistance Program
  • WHEN:
    Tuesday July 31
  • WHERE:
    - At 2: 00 pm Computer Mentors Group, 3402 N. 22nd Street, Tampa
    - At 3 pm Tampa Family Health Center, 7814 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, Florida

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