USDA increases monthly SNAP benefits by 40%

(Washington, D.C., April 22, 2020) –Today, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced emergency benefit increases have reached $2.0 billion per month for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households across all 50 states and 3 territories to increase food security during the coronavirus national emergency.

These emergency benefits represent a 40% increase in overall monthly SNAP benefits, significantly increasing food purchasing power for American families.

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DHS, USDA move to protect American farmers and ensure continued flow of America’s food supply

The Department of Homeland Security, with the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has announced a temporary final rule to change certain H-2A requirements to help U.S. agricultural employers avoid disruptions in lawful agricultural-related employment, protect the nation’s food supply chain, and lessen impacts from the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.

These temporary flexibilities will not weaken or eliminate protections for U.S. workers.

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CareerSource network to assist with unemployment compensation claims

OCALA, Fla. (April 3, 2020) – The CareerSource Florida network, which includes CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion and CareerSource North Central Florida, is now empowered to assist Floridians in applying for Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Compensation).

Details as to how that will happen are in the works.

Reemployment Assistance provides temporary wage benefits to those who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, such as due to COVID-19. The program, which is run by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, is experiencing delays and difficulties keeping up with unprecedented demand.

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Citrus County emergency management assisting in COVID-19 response

Citrus County Emergency Management is assisting our local government and community partners for donations of medical supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE) and disinfectants that can be used to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

These supplies will then be distributed, based on need, to critical-care facilities, local hospitals, long-term care facilities, medical offices and first responders.
Individuals and businesses are asked to donate ONLY the following items
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Marion County nonprofits facing needs

Ocala, FL (March 26, 2020) — The Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County this week began collecting information from local nonprofits facing immediate needs due to increased demand for services and resources, and some of their needs are dire.

“We have child care centers caring for the children of healthcare workers who can’t get milk,” said Roseann Fricks of the Early Learning Coalition of Marion County.

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First death recorded in Citrus County COVID10 battle

An 80-year-old Citrus County resident diagnosed with COVID-19 passed away today.

This is the first COVID-19 death in Citrus County.

We are expressing our condolences to the person’s family and will continue to work with the Florida Department of Health (DOH) and our community partners to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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