Governor Ron DeSantis Awards $1.6 Million through the Florida Disaster Fund to support Florida Families Impacted by Hurricane Idalia
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CHIEFLAND, Fla. ~ Today, Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis announced more than $1.6 million in awards through the Florida Disaster Fund to support Florida families recovering from Hurricane Idalia. The awards will support teachers in Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Suwannee, and Taylor counties; volunteer organizations that are actively participating in response efforts and local community churches.

The announcement was made while attending one of the first Friday night football games in the area following Hurricane Idalia, between Chiefland Middle-High School and Suwannee High School. Governor DeSantis said that the Florida Disaster Fund allows them to cut through red-tape and get funds into the hands of these organizations quickly. First Lady Casey DeSantis added that it helps them go beyond government to help with hurricane recovery.

The awards include $700,000 for seven education foundations to support impacted teachers; $100,000 each for Dixie Education Foundation Inc., Hamilton County Public Schools Foundation, Lafayette Penny Foundation, Levy County Schools Foundation, Madison County Foundation for Excellence in Education, Suwannee Education Foundation and Taylor County Education Foundation.

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In addition to this, $700,000 was awarded to support charitable organizations assisting in disaster response efforts including Adventist Community Services; Cajun Navy Ground Force; Catholic Charities; Convoy of Hope; Feeding Florida; Florida Baptist Convention Disaster Relief; Florida State Animal Response Coalition; Mercy Chefs; Operation BBQ Relief; Salvation Army; Second Harvest of the Big Bend; Team Rubicon and ToolBank USA as well as Florida Methodist Church Disaster Relief.

Finally $200,000 was awarded to local community churches that were impacted by the storm. The funds will be used to support traditional community support services or to enable churches to reopen and hold services while they await long-term repairs and applicable reimbursements.

The Florida Disaster Fund has raised over $3.7 million to date for Hurricane Idalia relief and donations may be made by visiting or by mail with checks payable to the Volunteer Florida Foundation with "Florida Disaster Fund" written on the memo line. Donations made are tax-deductible and a full list of donors and awardees can be found here.

Governor Ron DeSantis said "Our teachers, volunteer organizations, and churches have done a great job helping the community recover" while First Lady Casey DeSantis encouraged anyone looking for a way to help donate to the fund saying "Through today's awards we are supporting whole communities in getting back on their feet"

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