Information + Referral (for more time-sensitive dilemmas)
Need shelter tonight? Need food tomorrow? Just endure a natural disaster? Need to pay rent by the end of the week? This need for immediate
assistance may be met by emergency-based organizations in your area.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP–formerly the Food Stamp Program) helps low-income households buy nutritious food. It is also
called the Food Assistance Program within the state of Florida.
A SNAP household is normally a group of people who live together and buy food and prepare meals together. If your household passes SNAP's
eligibility rules, the amount of benefits you receive will depend on the number of people in your household and how much monthly income is left
after certain expenses are deducted. An applicant must be a U.S. citizen or have a qualified noncitizen status. Asset limits ($2000 in countable
assets) only apply to households with a member disqualified for breaking Food Assistance Program rules; felony drug trafficking, running away from
a felony warrant, or not participating in a work program. If at least one person is age 60+ or disabled, the limit goes up to $3,000 in countable
The current income limits for now until September 30th, 2015 are listed below.
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|130% Gross monthly
|100% Net monthly
|Maximum Benefit Amount
|For each additional|
Need help applying for SNAP?
Community Partners are working with the Department of Children and Families to provide help with applying for SNAP benefits and other benefits
provided through DCF.
Find a Regional Office or Client Relations Coordinator
These offices should only be called if you have not been able to resolve your issues at the 1-866-762-2237 ACCESS helpline
, or through your
. If you need to check on the status of your application, please know that the Department of Children and Families has up to
30 days to process your application, and any status checks within that timeframe should be through your MyAccess account. Most calls within this
time period will result in you being reminded that your application will be processed some time within the 30 day period.
The SUNCAP Program is a special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP—formerly the Food Stamp Program) who receive Supplemental
Security Income (SSI). You may be eligible to receive food stamps through the SUNCAP Program without any additional application, paperwork, or
interviews. Individuals in SUNCAP can use a simplified application to apply for benefits, and their interview for SSI serves the dual purpose of
determining their SUNCAP eligibility. They are only required to re-certify every three years (as opposed to annually). If you already receive
foods stamps, you may be converted automatically to the SUNCAP Program when you become SSI eligible. If your food stamp benefits will decrease
as a result of SUNCAP, you may choose to continue receiving your food stamps under the regular SNAP.
WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. The program provides a combination of supplemental nutritious
foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals for health care to eligible participants.
Who WIC is for?
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding or who have recently become pregnant. Pregnant women should visit a health care provider and apply for
WIC as soon as they find out they are pregnant.
- Infants under one year of age.
- Children under 5 years of age.
What food does WIC provide?
WIC provides food rich in certain key nutrients. Women and children enrolled in the WIC program receive food checks for a variety of foods such as
milk, cheese, eggs, cereals, peanut butter or dry beans, and 100% fruit and vegetable juices. Women who are exclusively breastfeeding their babies
receive additional cheese, juice, and dry beans, as well as carrots and canned tuna fish. Infants who are not breastfed receive the WIC contract
brand of infant formula for the first year of life. Beginning at 6 months of age, infants may also receive infant cereal and fruit juice. Special
formulas or nutritional supplements are also available to participants with certain medical conditions. WIC also provides nutrition education
and breastfeeding support and education.
This easy-to-use tool—which operates in English, Spanish, and Chinese—screens for WIC income and categorical
requirements, providing a printable summary of the results and state-specific contact information.
Free or Reduced-Price School Meals (National School Lunch Program)
Any child at a participating school may purchase a meal through the National School Lunch Program. Children from families with incomes at or below
130% of the poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for
reduced-price meals, for which students can be charged no more than 30 cents a meal. Children from families with incomes over 185 percent of
poverty pay a full price, though their meals are still subsidized to some extent. Local school food authorities set their own prices for
full-price (paid) meals, and applications for free or reduced-price meals are provided by the local school. Use the table in the SNAP section above
to see which incomes limits fall under percentiles of poverty level.
Florida School Breakfast Program
Any child at a participating school may purchase a meal through the School Breakfast Program. Children from families with incomes at or below 130
percent of the Federal poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty level are
eligible for reduced-price meals. Children from families over 185 percent of poverty pay full price, though their meals are still subsidized to
some extent. Free or reduced-price meal eligibility is determined through the National School Lunch Program application provided by the local
Florida Afterschool Meals Program
The Afterschool Meals Program (AMP) is a federal nutrition program that offers reimbursement for nutritious snacks and suppers served at non-profit
afterschool activity sites in areas where families are experiencing economic hardship. Meals can be served to any child age 18 and under at no cost
to the children or their parents.
This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is administered in Florida by the Department of Health, Bureau of Childcare
Food Programs (DOH BCFP).
Summer BreakSpot (Florida's USDA Summer Food Service Program)
There are over 3 thousand Summer BreakSpot sites around the state that provide free meals and snacks to low-income children (18 and under) when
school is out for summer vacation. Local governments, school districts, and non-profits sponsor these free summer meal sites, which include schools,
parks, playgrounds, recreation centers, housing projects, migrant centers, Native American reservations, YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, houses of
worship, summer camps and other sites. Most Summer BreakSpot sites are open to all children who go to the site during meal service times. No
application is required.