Miami-Dade Food For Florida Federal Disaster Food Assistance Program Information

For Immediate Release: November 3, 2017

Contact: Beatriz Lopez, (305) 377-5055




Miami Gardens, FL - The Department of Children and Families (DCF), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will administer the federal DSNAP program, Food for Florida, in Miami-Dade County from November 7-9, 2017 to assist individuals and families impacted by Hurricane Irma. The program will be held at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. Miami-Dade residents are encouraged to attend this location for assistance.


To qualify for the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance program, applicants must have lived or worked in one of the counties declared for FEMA Individual Assistance on September 5, and not be receiving food assistance through the regular Food Assistance Program (SNAP). Additionally, eligible individuals and families must have suffered a disaster-related loss, such as damage to their homes or self-employment property, loss of food, reduction or loss of income, or have incurred other disaster related expenses. The program counts only income and expenses from September 5 through October 4, 2017.


Individuals are encouraged to fill out the initial application for assistance online before visiting the Food for Florida site. The application is available on the Food for Florida website.


A designated parking area at the North Gate will be available for individuals with special needs. Those with state-issued permits will enter through Gates 2 and 3 and will be directed accordingly.  


Hard Rock Stadium’s clear bag and prohibited items policies will be strictly enforced. For more information, visit


Public safety is DCF’s first priority and DCF has worked closely with management at Hard Rock Stadium as well as the Miami-Dade Police Department to ensure safe and efficient operations.


DCF will continue to follow the direction of law enforcement as well as Hard Rock Stadium security to ensure the safety of those we are committed to serving. DCF defers to local law enforcement for all determinations related to traffic or public safety issues. DCF has aggressively pursued actions to ensure operations are as expeditious, safe, and efficient as possible.


For media convenience, availabilities will be held from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. each day of the event. Outside of these times, please contact the venue to ensure ease of access and service during the event. 


PARKING:    Media should enter through Gate 4, make a left and parking is available at the West Gate. A media credential must be shown upon entrance.


The Food for Florida disaster food assistance program for Miami-Dade County will take place:


November 7-9, 2017

7:00 AM – 6:00 PM


Hard Rock Stadium

347 Don Shula Drive

Miami Gardens, FL 33056


Serving by first letter of last name:

Tuesday, November 7th A – F

Wednesday, November 8th G – P

Thursday, November 9th Q - Z


*Please note that Hard Rock Stadium’s clear bag policy will be in effect for each day of this event.


*Per local government, no cars or pedestrians will be permitted to line up in advance of the opening and advanced arrival is strongly discouraged.


For more information, visit