Cash Assistance for Groceries

For residents of:

South Florida and beyond

Provided by:

Department of Children & Families

Ideal for:

Food Help

Provides monthly financial assistance for groceries and food costs.

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  • 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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  • 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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The State of Florida's Food Assistance Program, or SUNCAP (previously 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.

  • All new applicants should start by creating an ACCESS account, which is the State of Florida's main assistance portal.
  • People with or without 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.
  • Through the web portal (ACCESS), you can also apply for other state benefits such as Temporary Cash Assistance or Child Care Assistance.
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Do you need help?

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Hispanic Unity of Florida

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Urban League of Broward County

Broward County


  • 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.