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Program Description

Food for Florida is the name of Florida’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). The program offers emergency food benefits to disaster survivors.  

For the state to offer the program, the President must declare Individual Assistance for the disaster area. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (USDA FNS) must then approve a state request to run a D-SNAP. Local grocery stores must also be open and able to process electronic payments.

Once FNS approves the program, you have a limited time to apply for Food for Florida. The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) sets the application period. If you qualify, you will get an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. Your benefits are loaded onto the EBT card and it works just like a debit card at most grocery stores.

General Program Requirements

You may qualify for Food for Florida if you meet the conditions below:

  • You do not already get help through the regular state SNAP; current SNAP households may qualify for supplemental disaster or replacement benefits.
  • You were living in or, in some cases, working in the declared area at the time of the disaster.
  • You have at least one of the disaster-related effects or expenses below:
    • Home or business damage or repairs.
    • Temporary shelter or evacuation expenses.
    • Home or business protection.
    • Personal injury, including funeral expenses.
    • Income loss, or delayed or no access to income.
    • Food loss, in some cases, with no other disaster expenses.

We base eligibility on your “disaster gross income” (DGI). When you apply, your caseworker follows the steps below to get your DGI:

  1. Add take-home pay, unearned income (like public assistance payments), and liquid resources (like bank accounts and cash on hand).
  2. Then subtract unreimbursed disaster-related expenses.

The maximum DGI is set each year based on household size. If your DGI is less than the maximum, you may qualify for Food for Florida.

Visit FNS’s Disaster Assistance page to learn more.

Application Process

Visit the Food for Florida website to see if the program is active and learn how to apply. If the program is active, you may be able to pre-register before your county is declared. Check the website for details.

Last Updated: 05/03/2019