The Florida Food Assistance Program, which is administered through the Department of Children and Families, is one of several programs designed to help low-income people buy healthy food. Depending on your household size and income, you can receive a maximum amount of food assistance benefits. There are a few eligibility requirements that must be met. You must be a U.S. citizen and a Florida resident, and in general, able-bodied adults who do not have dependent children must work in order to receive full benefits. With these benefits, you can buy breads, cereals, fruits and vegetables, meats, dairy and plants and seeds to grow foods.
An additional food assistance program in the state of Florida is SUNCAP. This program serves individuals who receive Social Security Income. If you already receive food assistance benefits through the regular program, you may be automatically enrolled in the SUNCAP Program once you become SSI eligible. To apply for food stamp benefits, you can get started by visiting their website. Here you can access the pre-screening tool to determine your eligibility, and you may apply online. You can also visit your nearest SNAP office and fill out a paper application. Once you submit your application, you have to wait up to 30 days for a response. If you’re approved, you will receive your EBT card in the mail. Your benefits will be reloaded at the same time each month. To check your balance, simply save your last receipt, or visit their website. and enter your account information.
1. When are SNAP benefits made available?
Your EBT account will be reloaded by the 15th day of each month with food assistance benefits. Cash benefits are reloaded by the third day of each month.
2. If my EBT card is stolen, can my benefits be replaced?
No. If your card is stolen and benefits are used, they cannot be replaced. If it’s stolen, make sure to contact Customer Service to have the card cancelled.
3. Are there items I cannot purchase with food assistance benefits?
Yes. You are not allowed to purchase the following: any alcohol or tobacco products, household items, hot foods, vitamins or medicines.
4. Where can I find more information about income limits?
Visit their website for a detailed chart outlining the income limits as it relates to food assistance benefits.
5. Can students receive food stamp benefits?
Typically, most able-bodied students, ages 18 through 49 enrolled in college or other institutions of higher education at least half time, are not eligible for food assistance benefits. Contact: Florida Food Stamps.