Did you receive a $450 check in the mail from Gov. Ron DeSantis? Don’t throw it away, cash it

Money part of Hope Florida initiative

Not a scam: Receive a $450 check in the mail from Gov. DeSantis? Don’t toss it, cash it

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Floridians have begun receiving $450 checks in the mail from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, but a lot of people are wondering if it’s a scam.

Nope. It’s real, News 6 partner WJXT-TV in Jacksonville reported.

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The one-time payment is part of an initiative called “Hope Florida -- A Pathway to Prosperity.”

First Lady Casey DeSantis visited Tampa on Friday and said that foster families, adoptive families and single mothers are eligible for the checks.

On Tuesday, the governor’s spokesperson, Christina Pushaw, tweeted a photo of the letter that comes with the check, saying, “These letters are real.”

An announcement said, “$35.5 million in Governor DeSantis’ budget will support nearly 59,000 Florida families with a one-time payment of $450 per child, which includes foster families.”

“This one-time payment can be used for anything from buying diapers to fueling up at the pump,” the letter sent with the check reads.

The message also reminds families of the back-to-school sales tax holiday from July 25 to Aug. 7 ahead of the upcoming school year.

About the Authors:

A Florida-born, Emmy Award winning journalist and proud NC A&T SU grad

Carianne Luter is a social media producer for News4Jax and has worked at Channel 4 since December 2015. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a communication degree.