Florida Expects Big Savings on Welfare Contract

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida officials are expecting big savings from a new contract for handling federal food and temporary cash assistance services.

The contract is with eFunds, a subsidiary of FIS Government Services, the world's largest provider of banking and payment technologies.

The firm will process Electronic Benefit Transfer services that clients receive through plastic cards similar to credit or debit cards.

Currently, 3.6 million Floridians receive food assistance, formerly known as food stamps, and 99,823 receive temporary cash assistance.

The deal also calls for eFunds to add the state's Women, Infants and Children program to the EBT cards.