NEW: Thousands line up on final day of Hurricane Irma food assistance


Today was the final day for people affected by Hurricane Irma to sign up for food assistance in South Florida, with long lines but few problems that plagued earlier aid distribution events.

The events were organized by the state Department of Children and Families and held for three days at Miami-Dade County's Hard Rock Stadium and Broward County's BB&T Center. The Food for Florida events were part of the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Program. 

PAST COVERAGE: Irma food aid speeds up: $873 million already paid

DCF officials said they took steps to ease problems that plagued previous events across the state last month, WSVN reported. This time, residents were required to show up only on their assigned days, based on their last name.

Still, the distribution of the so-called emergency food stamps was not without issues. On Wednesday, DCF officials shut down the line at Hard Rock Stadium at 2:30 p.m. after it reached capacity, forcing many to be turned away. "It’s a disaster. It’s not fair," one 61-year-old woman told the Miami Herald.

PAST COVERAGE: John Prince, Lake Ida disaster relief crowds overflow with frustration

Last week, the University of Miami Law Clinic filed suit, claiming that that the DCF didn't adequately provide for disabled people as required by federal law.

More than $1.35 billion in disaster food assistance has been distributed to 3 million Florida families because of Irma, the DCF says.

PAST COVERAGE: 50,000 line up in Miami for Hurricane Irma food stamps

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