The Food Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps, helps improve the diets of low-income Floridians, regardless of age.
The program helps families with children, seniors and people with disabilities by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost.
The amount of benefits received is based on household income, other financial resources, and family size. Families of three or less who works full-time may receive as much as $373 in benefits per month.
In order to qualify for SNAP, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Live in Florida
- Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
- Show proof of identity
- Meet certain income guidelines
- Have less than $2,250 in resources
Unless otherwise exempt, work-eligible participants are required to participate in the SNAP Employment and Training program, operated by Local Workforce Development Areas across the state of Florida.1
- How do I apply for Florida food stamps?
If you wish to apply for food assistance, call the Department of Children and Families (DCF) at 1-866-762-2237 to find the SNAP office nearest you.
You may also apply online at ACCESS Florida — the official portal for Floridians to apply for public assistance. Once your application is filed, you will be contacted for an eligibility interview, usually within 5 days.
- What is the income limit to qualify for food stamps in Florida?
Most households must pass a gross income limit less than or equal to 200% of the federal poverty level. In addition, households may not have more than $2,250 in countable resources, which includes a bank account.
- What is the Suncap program?
The SUNCAP Program is a special Food Assistance Program for individuals who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). No additional application, paperwork, or interviews are required.
If you already receive food assistance benefits in the regular Food Assistance Program, you may be automatically put in the SUNCAP Program when you become SSI eligible.
- To find a LWDA near you, visit http://www.floridajobs.org/onestop/onestopdir/