News and Announcements

USDA Approves Early Release of September Food Assistance Benefits

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

To assist families as they prepare for Hurricane Dorian, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) has been approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to release September food assistance benefits to all 67 counties included in Governor Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order 19-190 declaring a State of Emergency.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) customers who were scheduled to receive their benefits between September 1 and September 14 will now be able to access benefits through their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards starting August 31 at noon. This is an early release of regular benefits, not a distribution of additional funds.

“I applaud Governor DeSantis and President Trump for their swift action in response to the needs of Florida’s vulnerable children and families preparing for this major hurricane,” said DCF Secretary Chad Poppell. “The early release of benefits will allow families to purchase much-needed food prior to Hurricane Dorian’s landfall.”

Immediately following Executive Order 19-190, DCF requested a waiver from the USDA allowing the early release of September SNAP benefits. With the full support of Governor DeSantis and President Donald Trump, the waiver was approved in less than 24 hours.

For updated information, please continue to check the DCF website and social media accounts.

Citrus County Legislative Delegation Meeting Date Set

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Representative Ralph Massullo, Chair of the Citrus County Legislative Delegation, announces the annual Legislative Delegation public meeting to be held on Monday, September 23, 2019 at the County Commissioner’s Chamber Room, located in the Citrus County Court House, 110 N Apopka Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450 from 2:00pm until 4:00pm. The annual public meeting is held to receive testimony from concerned citizens, elected officials and state and local organizations.

Decisions regarding local legislation for the 2019 Legislative Session will be made at this time. All proposals for local bills will be presented at the hearing and accompanied by a resolution from the local government supporting the proposed legislation. This information must be submitted to Representative Ralph Massullo’s office, 4067 N Lecanto Hwy, Beverly Hills, FL 34465 on or before noon on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

If you would like to be placed on the printed agenda, please contact Representative Massullo’s office at or at 352-527-4510 on or before noon on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. You may also complete a Speaker’s Form on the day of the meeting and you will be afforded time to speak in the order in which it was received. Please bring or submit three (3) copies of all handouts to the meeting for distribution. 

If you would like more information regarding this meeting, please contact Adele Hembree by email or at 352-527-4510.

Citrus County Offices Reopen Tuesday September 3

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

All Citrus County Offices and services will return to regular hours Tuesday, September 3, 2019. For more information, please contact Citrus County Public Information Officer Cynthia Oswald at 352-527-5484.


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