Information about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

What is SNAP?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as The Food Stamp Program, helps people with low income buy food. Recipients can buy all food items such as breads, cereals, fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, poultry, dairy, and plants and seeds.

How do you apply?

Customers can apply for SNAP by visiting the Department of Children and Families (DCF) ACCESS Online Website on any computer with internet connection. If the customer does not have computer access, DCF community partner sites are locations where customers can apply also . Paper Applications for assistance can be mailed, faxed, or returned to your local service center once downloaded from the ACCESS forms page on the DCF internet site.

Benefit Replacement for current SNAP recipients

The SNAP benefit replacement cycle closed for hurricane Matthew at 5PM on October 18th. After October 18th, requests for replacement of food spoiled/lost due to the storm will no longer be processed.

Food For Florida - Disaster SNAP (DSNAP)

Florida is not running a DSNAP program at this time.

Before Florida can run a DSNAP program, the President must declare a major disaster for individual assistance. The State may submit a waiver request for the affected identified counties. After the USDA – FNS approves the waiver for a disaster food assistance program, the State will determine site locations and open the DSNAP sites. Households who did not already receive benefits through the regular food assistance program for the disaster month, may complete a Food For Florida (DSNAP) application during the application period by visiting the Food For Florida website. If a DSNAP program is run, affected individuals already receiving SNAP would have their benefits increased to the full allotment for their household size.