Florida Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D‑SNAP)
D-SNAP, formerly known as Food for Florida, offers emergency food benefits to:
- Applicants who are not currently receiving food benefits through regular SNAP.
- Victims of hurricanes or other types of disasters.
D-SNAP can only be activated when there is a presidentially-declared disaster area with “individual assistance” in the state of Florida. A request must be submitted and approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) before a D-SNAP can occur.
There are several income and asset requirements and the applicants must have been living in the declared disaster area at the time of the disaster. If eligible, recipients will receive disaster food assistance benefits that will be accessed using an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.
When can D-SNAP activate?
- After there is a presidential disaster declaration for individual assistance
- After preliminary damage assessments, power outage, flood and/or evacuation maps are available to support a request for a program and identify appropriate site locations and processes.
- After the state requests and receives federal approval to operate the program, and it is determined if enough authorized food retailers are open in or around the disaster area that have working point-of-sale (POS) terminals and available telecommunications to process Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) purchases.
Households living in the disaster area must meet certain criteria to be eligible to receive D-SNAP benefits such as a loss or reduced income due to the disaster, inaccessible resources, or incurring disaster expenses. The household must have experienced at least one of the following adverse effects to be eligible:
- Damage to or destruction of the household’s home or self-employment business.
- Disaster-related expenses not expected to be reimbursed during the disaster period (such as food loss, home or business repairs, temporary shelter expenses, evacuation expenses, home/business protection, disaster-related personal injury including funeral expenses).
- Lost or inaccessible income, including reduction or termination of income, or a delay in receipt of income during the benefit period.
What assistance is available for current SNAP customers?
- Replacement Benefits- Current SNAP customers can get a replacement for food destroyed in a household misfortune if it was purchased with SNAP benefits.
- The replacement cannot be more than the amount of benefits the household received for the month.
- The loss must be reported within 10 days with a signed statement of the loss.
- There must be proof of the household disaster.
- Replacements are generally done on a case-by-case basis.
- Early Release of Benefits - Currently, SNAP benefits are issued to households during the first 28 days of the month. When a disaster occurs, the department may choose to release the staggered schedule and make monthly benefits available sooner.
- Maximum Benefits/Supplements - When the department implements a D-SNAP program, current SNAP customers can receive a supplement which will increase their benefit to the maximum amount for the household size for one month.
If you currently receive benefits visit www.myflorida.com/accessflorida for the latest information.