Food Assistance (SNAP through ACCESS Florida)

Department of Children & Families

Florida
U.S. Citizens and residents
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The Food Assistance Program, known as SNAP, helps people with low income buy healthy food. A food assistance household is normally a group of people who live together and buy food and cook meals together. If your household qualifies, the number of benefits you receive will depend on the number of people in your household and how much of your monthly income remains after covering certain expenses such as rent and utilities.

Benefits

  • Households can use food assistance benefits to buy bread, cereals, fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, poultry, dairy, and plants and seeds to grow food for your household
  • Households cannot use food assistance benefits to buy nonfood items such as pet foods, soaps, paper products, household supplies, grooming items, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, vitamins, medicines, food to eat in the store, or hot foods
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Eligibility

  • Individuals must be a U.S. citizen or meet specific qualified noncitizen criteria
  • An individual must be a resident of Florida to receive food assistance benefits in Florida
  • Non-citizens who do not want the Department of Children and Families to verify their noncitizen status have the option of withdrawing their application or allowing the other household members to participate without that member
  • Physically and mentally fit adults age 16 through 59 years old usually are required to work, however, work requirements are currently being waived due to COVID-19
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Application

  • New customers can apply, people with or w/o dependents who now have reduced pay/hours are welcomed to apply
  • For assistance, call the customer call center at (850) 300-4323 and go through the automated assistance
  • To speak to someone, hold on the line and request a call back when agents are available
  • Can apply or change and check status on their 24/7 web portal
  • Through the web portal, can apply or access multiple benefits in one application
  • Working requirements are currently being waived due to COVID-19
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Requirements

  • Valid social security number and date of birth
  • Detailed information about income sources, including wages, child support or any other sources
  • Details about checking and savings account balances, ownership of vehicles, homes, and land, and life insurance policies
  • Total accounting of housing expenses such as rent or utilities
  • Health insurance information

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