With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, April 15 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.
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Coming up in the newscast, Florida food stamps recipients can soon purchase food online, Feeding South Florida begins weekly distribution of groceries and the Jamaican government raises millions through its COVID-19 telethon.
Now for the news in the detail
Families who use Florida’s Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) to purchase foods can soon order their groceries online. On Saturday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the approval of Florida’s request to provide online grocery purchases through the SNAP program. This means that SNAP recipients in Florida will be able to order food online through the authorized SNAP online retailers like Amazon, ShopRite and Walmart. According to the Department of Agriculture, Florida’s SNAP participation is nearly 3 million individuals, covering about 1.5 million households.
In the meantime, “Feeding South Florida”, the largest food bank in the state, has launched a weekly grocery distribution effort at the Palm Beach Outlets shopping center.The drive-up distribution, which began this week, will take place every Monday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. until June 1. The program is operating on a “first-come, first-served” basis, available to anyone who needs food supplies. The distribution bags contain a week’s supply of fresh produce, milk, eggs and a protein, plus other essentials. The food bank said since the COVID-19 pandemic began in Florida, they have distributed over 9 million pounds of food to 160,000 households.
In the meantime, President Donald Trump recently announced that visa sanctions be imposed on countries that deny or unreasonably delay accepting their citizens that are scheduled to be deported from the United States. President Trump said that the new directive is motivated by COVID-19 and will remain in place until December 31. The order comes just days after several South Florida Haitian leaders called for Trump to pause the deportation of immigrants to Haiti and other Caribbean islands. Many Caribbean islands like Haiti and Jamaica have closed their borders to all residents and tourists overseas.
In Caribbean News, On Easter Sunday, some of Jamaica’s biggest names in music came together to raise millions to help doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19, with Jamaica’s first-ever government-led telethon. The six-hour concert featured appearances from Freddie McGregor, George Nooks, Richie Spice, Shaggy, Julian and Ziggy Marley, Capleton, Spice, among others. During the telethon, donations totalling millions came in from Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Finance Minister Nigel Clarke, Usain Bolt, and several organizations. The telethon has since received over 200,000 views from countries across the world.
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