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Arizona Wants To Make It Easier To Get Food Assistance During Pandemic

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Governor Doug Ducey has requested changes to federal food assistance programs in Arizona that would allow the purchase of hot meals with the benefits and faster approval of eligibility during the pandemic.

The Governor says the state of Arizona has requested permission from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services to approve program changes to expand access to nutritious foods during these uncertain economic times.

In a written news brief, Governor Ducey said “We want these resources to be easy to access and available for all who need them. We’ll continue working with our partners in the government, non-profit and private sectors to come together and support Arizonans in need.”

Under the waiver, Ducey said the Arizona Department of Economic Security will expand Nutrition Assistance benefits and increase access to households.

Governor Ducey did not specify how long it might take to get the wavers approved by the federal government. He said more information will be provided once those waiver requests are finalized.

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