Unprecedented Turnout For Disaster SNAP Food Assistance Program

For Immediate Release: October 12, 2017

Unprecedented Turnout For Disaster SNAP Food Assistance Program
~Food for Florida has provided emergency funding for more than 300,000 families in Florida~

TALLAHASSEE - The Department of Children and Families (DCF), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has implemented the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program in 24 counties to date to assist those affected by Hurricane Irma. Food for Florida has elicited an unprecedented and extraordinary response from families recovering from Hurricane Irma and DCF has mobilized more than 5,900 staff, including 1,450 temporary staff hired specifically to aid in Food for Florida response, to 32 sites across Florida. To date, emergency federal food assistance benefits have been provided to more than 300,000 families statewide. Food for Florida is the largest Disaster SNAP food assistance program activation in United States history.

“The Florida Department of Children and Families is doing everything possible to ensure every family receives the resources and help they need as quickly as possible. At Food for Florida sites across the state, DCF has experienced an unprecedented response from families and we’ve deployed more than 5,900 staff, including 1,450 temporary staff hired specifically to aid in Food for Florida response, to ensure we’re able to quickly process D-SNAP applications,” said DCF Secretary Mike Carroll. “We understand that many locations are experiencing lines and we appreciate the patience and understanding of the more than 300,000 families we’ve served in this process. We will continue to work around the clock processing applications to minimize wait-times and help get Florida families back on their feet. To help make sure you are able to move through the application process as quickly as possible, DCF asks that Floridians continue to pre-register online and follow the site guidance below.”

For most applicants who pre-registered and applied electronically, DCF has deposited D-SNAP funds into their accounts by the next business day.

To qualify for the Food for Florida benefits program, applicants must have lived or worked in one of the 48 federally-declared disaster counties on September 5, and not receive food assistance through the regular SNAP Program. 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.

In addition to those families served at Food for Florida sites, more than 2.4 million individuals already receiving food assistance automatically received benefits to bring them to the maximum benefit amount. These families do not need to apply or show up at a Food for Florida site to receive these benefits.

Additionally, DCF applied for federal food assistance program waivers and provided:

  • Early release of food assistance benefits prior to Hurricane Irma making landfall to help families prepare for Hurricane Irma
  • Hot Foods Waiver, and a subsequent extension, to allow families to purchase prepared food with their EBT card at participating retailers
  • Extended the time frame to report food loss from 10 to 20 days
  • Mass food assistance replacement benefits for September SNAP recipients in 52 counties effected by Hurricane Irma
  • Extended October SNAP re-certification deadlines for three months
  • To pre-register, an applicant needs a valid Florida Driver License or Florida Identification Card. Individuals, families, and authorized representatives who pre-register must still visit a Food for Florida disaster site, listed on the Food for Florida website, to be interviewed. Only the head of household needs to visit the site. Individuals may also apply at the Food for Florida Disaster Program site.

Please see below for more information on site locations, hours of operation for site locations, hours of operation, and service order based on last name. Additional locations will be added to the Food for Florida Website as they are finalized.

County

Dates

Site Locations

Serving in Order of Last Name

Baker

10/20 – 10/24

Parkview Baptist Church
268 NW Lake Jeffery Rd.
Lake City, FL 32055

10/20 – A - F
10/21 – G - J
10/22 – K - O
10/23 – P - Z
10/24 – Make-up Day

Broward

10/11 – 10/15

Central Broward Reg. Park
3801W Sunrise Blvd. 
Lauderhill, FL 33311

10/11 – A - F
10/12 – G - J
10/13 – K - O
10/14 – P - Z
10/15 – Make-up Day

Broward

10/11 – 10/15

C.B. Smith
Park 900 N Flamingo Rd
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028

10/11 – A - F
10/12 – G - J
10/13 – K - O
10/14 – P - Z
10/15 – Make-up Day

Broward

10/11 – 10/15

Quiet Waters Parks and Recreation
401 S Powerline Rd
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

10/11 – A - F
10/12 – G - J
10/13 – K - O
10/14 – P - Z
10/15 – Make-up Day

Charlotte

10/13 – 10/17

Westfield Sarasota Square
8201 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 35238

10/13 – A - F
10/14 – G - J
10/15 – K - O
10/16 – P - Z
10/17 – Make-up Day

Collier

10/26 – 10/31

Ft. Myers Greyhound Racing
10601 Bonita Beach Road SE
Bonita Springs, FL 34135

10/26 – A - E
10/27 – F - I
10/28 – J - M
10/29 – N – P
10/30 – Q - Z
10/31 – Make-up Day

Columbia

10/20 – 10/24

Parkview Baptist Church
268 NW Lake Jeffery Rd.
Lake City, FL 32055

10/20 – A - F
10/21 – G - J
10/22 – K - O
10/23 – P - Z
10/24 – Make-up Day

Duval

10/11 – 10/17

Regency Square Mall
9501 Arlington Expressway Suite 260
Jacksonville, FL 32225

10/11 – A - D
  10/12 – E - H
10/13 – I - L
10/14 – M – P
10/15 – Q - T 
10/16 – U - Z
10/17 – Make-up Day

Flagler

10/11 – 10/15 8AM - 7PM

St. Augustine Fairgrounds
5840 SR 207
Elkton, FL, 32033

10/11 – A - F
10/12 – G - J
10/13 – K - O
10/14 – P - Z
10/15 – Make-up Day

Glades

10/28 - 10/30

Forrey Drive
LaBelle, 33935

10/28 – A - P
10/29 – Q - Z
10/30 – Make-up Day

Hardee

10/14 – 10/16

Hardee Agri-Civic Center
515 Civic Center Drive
Wauchula, FL 33873

10/14 – A - P
10/15 – Q - Z
10/16 – Make-up Day

Hendry

10/28 - 10/30

Forrey Drive
LaBelle, 33935

10/28 – A - P
10/29 – Q - Z
10/30 – Make-up Day

Highlands

10/14 – 10/16

Highlands News-Sun Center
781 Magnolia Ave
Sebring, FL 33870

10/14 – A - P
10/15 – Q - Z
10/16 – Make-up Day

Lafayette

10/27 – 10/31

Live Oak Church of God
9828 US 129
Live Oak, FL 32064

10/27 – A - F
10/28 – G - J
10/29 – K - O
10/30 – P - Z
10/31 – Make-up Day

Lee

10/26 – 10/31

Ft. Myers Greyhound Racing
10601 Bonita Beach Road SE
Bonita Springs, FL 34135

10/26 – A - E
10/27 – F - I
10/28 – J - M
10/29 – N – P 10/30 – Q - Z
10/31 – Make-up Day

Manatee

10/15 – 10/17

Desoto Square Mall
303 301 Blvd. West
Bradenton, FL 34205

10/15 – A - P
10/16 – Q - Z
10/17 – Make-up Day

Marion

10/14 – 10/18

Marion County Sheriff’s Office Jail Visitation Center 3300 NW 10 St
Ocala, FL 34475

10/14 – A - F
10/15 – G - J
10/16 – K - O
10/17 – P - Z
10/18 – Make-up Day

Miami-Dade

10/11 – 10/15

South Govt Center
10710 SW 211 Street
Miami, FL 33189

10/11 – A - F
10/12 – G - J
10/13 – K - O
10/14 – P - Z
10/15 – Make-up Day

Miami-Dade

10/11 – 10/15

Amelia Earhart Park
401 E 65th Street
Hialeah, FL 33013

10/11 – A - F
10/12 – G - J
10/13 – K - O
10/14 – P - Z
10/15 – Make-up Day

Miami-Dade

10/11 – 10/15

Tropical Park
7900 SW 40 Street
Miami, FL 33155

10/11 – A - F
10/12 – G - J
10/13 – K - O
10/14 – P - Z
10/15 – Make-up Day

Miami-Dade

10/11 – 10/15

Miami-Dade College
North 11380 NW 27th Avenue
Miami, FL 33167

10/11 – A - F
10/12 – G - J
10/13 – K - O
10/14 – P - Z
10/15 – Make-up Day

Nassau

10/11 – 10/17

Regency Square Mall
9501 Arlington Expressway Suite 260
Jacksonville, FL 32225

10/11 – A - D 
10/12 – E - H
10/13 – I - L
10/14 – M – P
10/15 – Q - T 
10/16 – U - Z
10/17 – Make-up Day

Orange

10/21 – 10/25

Camping World Stadium
1 Citrus Bowl Place Orlando, FL

10/21 – A - F
10/22 – G - J
10/23 – K - O
10/24 – P - Z
10/25 – Make-up Day

Palm Beach

10/17 – 10/21

John Prince Memorial Park
4759 S Congress Ave
Lake Worth, FL 33461

10/17 – A - F
10/18 – G - J
10/19 – K - O
10/20 – P - Z
10/21 – Make-up Day

Palm Beach

10/17 – 10/21

Lake Ida West Park
1455 Lake Ida Road
Delray Beach, FL 33444

10/17 – A - F
10/18 – G - J
10/19 – K - O
10/20 – P - Z
10/21 – Make-up Day

Palm Beach

10/17 – 10/21

Glades Pioneer Park
866 S.W. 16th Street
Belle Glade, FL 33430

10/17 – A - F
10/18 – G - J
10/19 – K - O
10/20 – P - Z
10/21 – Make-up Day

Pasco

10/22 – 10/25

Land O' Lakes Recreation Complex
3032 Collier Parkway
Land O’Lakes, FL

10/22 – A - F
10/23 – G - L
10/24 – M - Z
10/25 - Make-up Day

Polk

10/14 – 10/18

RP Funding Building
701 W Lime Street
Lakeland, FL 33815

10/14 – A - F
10/15 – G - J
10/16 – K - O
10/17 – P - Z
10/18 – Make-up Day

Sarasota

10/13 – 10/17

Westfield Sarasota Square
8201 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 35238

10/13 – A - F
10/14 – G - J
10/15 – K - O
10/16 – P - Z
10/17 – Make-up Day

Seminole

10/21 – 10/25

Orlando Live Events
6405 S US Hwy 17 92
Casselberry, FL 32730

10/21 – A - F
10/22 – G - J
10/23 – K - O
10/24 – P - Z
10/25 – Make-up Day

St. Johns

10/11 – 10/15 8AM - 7PM

St. Augustine Fairgrounds
5840 SR 207
Elkton, FL, 32033

10/11 – A - F
10/12 – G - J
10/13 – K - O
10/14 – P - Z
10/15 – Make-up Day

Suwannee

10/27 – 10/31

Live Oak Church of God
9828 US 129
Live Oak, FL 32064

10/27 – A - F
10/28 – G - J
10/29 – K - O
10/30 – P - Z
10/31 – Make-up Day

Contact: DCF Communications, (850) 717-4450

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