WASHINGTON -- In the wake of Hurricane Katrina's destruction on the Gulf Coast, federal and state agencies began making funds available to victims last week in the form of emergency electronic benefits transfer (EBT) food cards worth $50 or more, as well as generic debit cards loaded with $2,000. For example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture here authorized states to create emergency electronic food benefit cards valued at $50 and distribute the cards to hurricane victims. USDA Secretary ...

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