ORLANDO, Fla. — The federal government recently gave Florida the green light to allow people who receive SNAP benefits to use their EBT cards to buy food online.
Gov. Ron DeSantis called the move a “no brainer.”
Advocates for those in need said that’s just one of the reasons the need for food assistance will continue to soar.
There’s a constant stream of new customers at United Against Poverty’s grocery store, a vital resource along Michigan Street for nearly two decades
Seven days a week, UP Orlando members get access to low cost fresh food, help with benefits and applying for jobs.
“You name it. People are coming here that have never really thought before in their lives they were going to need to seek assistance from somebody, but they're doing that now,” said United Against Poverty executive director Eric Gray.
He said requests for help with applications for both unemployment and SNAP have quadrupled.
Gray said he’s grateful that thanks to donations, current supply is meeting demand.
But he worries about an influx in need when Walt Disney World furloughs more than 40,000 employees starting next week.