Food Assistance – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Community Legal Services provides assistance and representation to eligible clients with issues regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Food Assistance Program ( SUNCAP). Each case should be analyzed on an individual basis and persons are encouraged to speak with an experienced advocate in order to assess a case. Contact our Helpline to see if you qualify.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is administrated by the Florida Department of Children and Families as a way to provide low-income Floridians the opportunity to purchase healthy food.

Eligibility Requirements in Florida

In order to qualify for SNAP, you must show proof of identity and:

Family in Kitchen
  •  Live in the state of Florida;
  • Provide proof of citizenship or qualified non-citizen status; and
  • Provide proof of Social Security number or proof that one has applied for Social Security number.

There are also work requirements for certain individuals:

  • Physically and mentally fit adults between 16 and 60 of age must register for work, accept offers of suitable work and take part in an employment and training program when referred, if they do not meet an exemption.
  • Healthy adults, 18 to 50 years of age, who do not have dependent children or who are not pregnant, can only get food assistance benefits for 3 months in a 3-year period, if they are not working or participating in a work or workfare program

Some individuals may be required to cooperate with the state’s child support enforcement to prove a child’s legal relationship to the parent and the follow through with a court-issued child support order.

Income Eligibility & Asset Limits

Visit the Department of Children and Families Website to find out more about income eligibility and asset limits. 

What if your application for Food Assistance is denied?

If your application for SNAP is denied, you will receive a written notice stating the reason for denial. If you disagree with the decision, you have ninety (90) days from the date of the notice to ask for a Fair Hearing. Instructions on how to ask for a Fair Hearing should be included with your notice. It can take several weeks for your hearing request to be processed; once it is processed you will receive a letter telling you the date, time and location of your Fair Hearing.

What if your SNAP is reduced or terminated?

Before your SNAP can be reduced or terminated, you should receive written notice, stating the reasons why your assistance is being reduced or terminated.  If you disagree with the decision, you must ask for a Fair Hearing within ninety (90) days of the date of the notice.  Instructions on how to ask for a Fair Hearing are located on your notice.  It can take several weeks for your hearing request to be processed; once it is processed you will receive a letter telling you the date, time and location of your Fair Hearing.

If you ask for a Fair Hearing before your benefits are reduced or stopped, you may ask that your benefits continue pending your appeal; this is called aid paid pending.  This will allow your benefits to continue at the current amount pending a decision. However, if you lose at the Fair Hearing, you may be asked to repay the amount of benefits you received as aid pending. If you do not ask for aid paid pending and win at your Fair Hearing, you will receive compensation for the amount you should have been receiving, up to a year.

If you did not receive written notice but have noticed your benefits have stopped or decreased, you have a right to request a fair hearing.

Special Food Assistance Program (SUNCAP)

SUNCAP is a Special Food Assistance Program for people receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI). One may be eligible to receive SUNCAP assistance without additional application or paperwork and may be automatically put in the SUNCAP program, once one becomes SSI eligible.

Helpful Resources

Common Links

Florida Department of Children and Families

Apply for Florida SNAP Assistance

Dept. of Agriculture, Services  and Programs offered by Food and Nutrition Services

Food Assistance Program Fact Sheet

SUNCAP Food Assistance Program Brochure

Florida Food Assistance and SUNCAP program

Common ACCESS Florida Forms

 

Contacts

Brevard County

Brevard County ACCESS Application Center
801 Dixon Blvd, Ste 1103
Cocoa, FL 32922
Fax: 1-866-735-2469

Citrus County

Citrus County Storefront
2315 Highway 41 N. Drive
Inverness, FL 34453
Fax: 1-866-886-4342

Hernando County

Hernanado County Storefront
661 S. Broad Street
Brooksville, FL 34601
Fax: 1-866-886-4342

Lake County

Lake County Storefront
1300 Duncan Drive
Tavares, FL 32778
Fax: 1-866-886-4342

Marion County

Marion County Storefront
1515 East Silver Springs Blvd., Suite 207
Ocala, FL 34470
Fax: 1-866-886-4342

Orange County

Orange County ACCESS Application Center
6218 W Colonial Drive, Suite #240
Orlando, FL 32808
Fax: 1-866-735-2469

Osceola County

Kissimmee ACCESS Service Center
1507 N John Young Parkway
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Fax: 1-866-735-2469

Putnam County

(The closest service center to Putnam County is located in Daytona Beach (Volusia County)).

210 N Palmetto Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
FAX: 1-866-619-5720 or (386) 723-2079

Seminole County

Seminole ACCESS Center @ Harvest Time Int’l
225 N. Kennel Road
Sanford, FL 32773
FAX: (407) 245-2769

Sumter County

Sumter County Storefront
1601 W. Gulf Atlantic Highway
Wildwood, FL 34785
Fax: 1-866-866-4342

Volusia County

Daytona Beach Service Center
210 N Palmetto Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
FAX: 1-866-619-5720 or (386)  723-2079

DeLand Service Center
1350 S Woodland Blvd
DeLand, FL 32120
FAX: 1-866-619-5720 or (386) 723-2079