The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), previously known as "Food Stamps," is available through the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF).
To apply you will need to fill out an application and be approved by DCF. The application can be found here: http://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/
SNAP Changes Due to COVID-19
Recipients will continue to receive the maximum month allotment allowed through September, and DCF has requested for this to continue through October and is waiting for federal approval.
Recertification is being reinstated for September.
Work requirement waiver is in effect through October.
The US Department of Agriculture has allowed Florida SNAP recipients to use their EBT cards to order groceries online. DCF is currently still working out the rules of this new program. On April 21st SNAP recipients will be able to order groceries online from Amazon and Walmart, and they are looking to expand the list of retailers. Benefits cannot be used toward the cost of delivery; Walmart has curbside pick up as an option.
The standard work requirement for SNAP recipients has been waived by Gov. DeSantis for now.
For current recipients of SNAP whose certification is about to come up, they are given an extra 6 months to renew so there is no disruption in service.
Call center hours have also been expanded to 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon. You can reach an agent at 866-762-2237 or 850-300-4DCF.
The FL Department of Agriculture and DCF are currently working to add the Pandemic EBT program which would provide SNAP benefits to the families of children who receive free or reduced lunch at school, but this is not up and running yet.