Under the Department of Children and Families, the ACCESS program provides funds for Florida Food, Medical Assistance and Cash assistance. Floridians who want to take advantage of the ACCESS program must first register through the ACCESS website located here. You can do a prescreening and apply for benefits all from this website. Prescreening allows you to figure out what benefits you qualify for. You can also set up a My ACCESS account that allows you to see all of your benefits and track your application status. You can also view your Electronic Benefits Transfer account, which is the account for the card that you use to access your food stamp benefits.
Applying for Food Stamps
To apply online, you must first register. Registration takes less than a few seconds and simply requires your contact details and social security number. From here, you can apply for several programs, including the online application for food assistance. To apply, you need a social security number and date of birth, income information, resource and asset information, housing expenses like rent or utilities, health insurance information and proof of U.S. citizenship. Once you apply, you will go through processing and receive a follow-up eligibility interview that further accesses your income and assets.
Receiving Food Stamps
Eligibility depends on your household size and income. During the prescreening, you can determine if you are eligible to receive food assistance aid. The online prescreening takes you through a process of questions that determine your income and assets as well as how many people you have in your household. In general, you must be in a low income family to be eligible for benefits. Once you are approved, you will receive benefits on a EBT card every month. You can view your status and track the activity on your EBT account online located here.
Finding Food Service Locations
SNAP is the federal name for the food assistance programs. Every state has multiple SNAP locations. In fact, every county should have multiple locations where you can use your card. You can find specific locations near you using the SNAP retailer locator on the federal website. You can also call 1-866-76ACCESS.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What income do you need to have in order to be eligible for food stamps in Florida?
Below is the list of maximum yearly income levels in relation to the members in the household.
How can I contact the Florida food stamp office?
In Florida, the food assistance program is run by the Department of Children and Families. You can contact the DCF by calling their customer call center while agents are available 8am - 5pm, Monday - Friday at 1-866-762-2237. You can also call the Florida Relay line by dialing 711. You can fax the DCF at 1-866-886-4342. The DCF mailing address is:
ACCESS Central Mail Center
P.O. Box 1770
Ocala, FL 34478-1770
What is SUNCAP?
People who receive SSI may also be eligible to receive benefits regarding food assistance through the SUNCAP program. Persons who are eligible for the program may receive this food assistance through SSI and without any additional interviews or paperwork to fill out. People who are already part of the food assistance program may also qualify for SUNCAP once they are eligible for SSI.