DCF Information on Disaster SNAP (Food for Florida) as of September 14, 2017
DCF is working with federal officials as emergency assessments are completed for Disaster SNAP (also known as Food for Florida). DCF proactively submitted an initial request to the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to activate Disaster SNAP in counties approved for FEMA for Individual Assistance. While Disaster SNAP is not currently active in Florida, DCF is communicating with the federal government to activate this program in eligible counties as soon as possible.
Disaster SNAP is activated after a declared emergency and approved by FNS. Activation requests are filed by the state and are based on the percentage of power outages in a county over 72 hours, also including structural damage flooding damage, and retailer capability.
The ACCESS Florida webpage will be updated as soon as more information becomes available. For general information about Food for Florida operations, visit www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/access/fff/.
The most up-to-date and accurate information on SNAP benefits and changes will be posted on the ACCESS Florida webpage. There is misinformation currently circulating on social media that indicates that Disaster SNAP is available to any individual who lost power for more than two hours – this is FALSE. Additional scams and rumors may arise. Check the ACCESS Florida webpage for accurate information.
Additional DCF Actions Regarding SNAP Benefits for Current Recipients
• DCF sent a mass replacement request to FNS to provide a portion of SNAP benefit replacements to customers who lost food as a result of Hurricane Irma. Customers may submit forms for individual replacement of benefits and the requests will be reviewed as soon as possible.
• DCF requested and was granted a waiver for current SNAP customers to have the option to purchase hot foods with their EBT card at participating Florida retailers through September 30. Customers should inquire first with the store to see if they are equipped to process hot food purchases.
• DCF is awaiting formal approval from FNS to help customers who need to recertify/renew benefits in September receive an extension into October. More information will be provided on the ACCESS Florida webpage when available.
• September SNAP benefits were released early to customers (who had not already received for September) statewide on September 7 to assist customers with preparation for Hurricane Irma's landfall.