Florida Food Stamp Calculator

Eligibility requirements for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps are set by the United States Department of Agriculture, at the federal level. But individuals must apply through their states. In the state of Florida, the program is administered by the Florida Department of Children and Families under the the ACCESS Florida Program. Eligibility for Food Stamps depends on things like the number of people in your household, income, and resources (cash, bank accounts, etc.). Income includes money earned from work. It also includes benefits like Social Security, unemployment, and SSI.

If you think you are eligible for Florida Food Assistance, you can use the pre-screening tool, also called the Food Stamps Calculator to determine if you qualify. Please note that the pre-screening tool is not an application for SNAP benefits. The Food Stamps program has many rules, and the calculator covers most of the rules, but not all of them. You need to apply to actually receive benefits and confirm the actual amount that you qualify for – since it is possible that the actual amount you may be eligible for is different from what the calculator tells you.

In Florida, the pre-screening tool (the ACCESS Florida Pre-screening Tool) is used to screen for the following:

  • Help buying food
  • Cash Assistance
  • Low or no cost health care
  • Help paying Medicare premiums

So, when you answer the questions asked, you are being screened for eligibility for Food Assistance, Cash Assistance, Low or no cost health care, and help paying Medicare premiums. You should take the time and answer the questions accurately and truthfully. You may just want to apply for Florida Food Stamps but your household situation may qualify you for other benefits. Click here to go to the calculator. We have included a copy of the form you are going to complete below, including the questions: Here is a link to a pdf version of the Florida Food Stamp Calculator Questions, which shows you the entire form. Click on the “back” button on your browser to return to this page.

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Florida Food Stamp Calculator

To go to the pre-screening calculator, click here. If you need instructions on how to apply for benefits, click here.

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Florida Food Stamps Eligibility

The Florida Food Assistance Program helps eligible low-income families and individuals buy food needed for good health. Food Assistance benefits are intended to supplement other household income and may only be used to purchase food.  If you meet the program eligibility guidelines, you will get a special debit card (called an EBT Card). The EBT card is loaded monthly with the money you qualify for. You can then use the card to purchase food at grocery and other approved locations. The amount of money a household gets may depend on three things:

  • household income from all sources (earned and unearned) such as money you get from a job, Social Security, SSI, or interest
  • how many people live in your household
  • where you live

If you want to apply for Florida Food Stamps, you have to make sure you qualify and are eligible. There are strict eligibility requirements that you must follow to apply for Food Assistance. In this article, we will discuss the guidelines for qualifying for assistance.

Florida Food Stamps Eligibility Guidelines

Proof of Identity – Applicants must provide proof of their identity to show that they are the person they claim to be.

Work Rules – If you are between the ages of 18-50 and are healthy, you must work at least 20 hours a week to receive Food Stamps. If you are not working or participating in a workfare program, then you can only receive Food Stamps for three months in every three year period.

Residency – The applicant must live in the state of Florida.

Citizenship – You must be a U.S. citizen or have a qualified noncitizen status to apply for Florida Food Stamps.

Social Security Number – Individuals must provide a Social Security Number or proof they have applied for one.

Child Support Requirement: You may be required to cooperate with the state in establishing paternity and providing child support.

Income and Deductions –  Under federal rules, to be eligible for Food Assistance, a household’s income and resources must meet three tests:

  • Its gross monthly income — that is, its income before any of the program’s deductions are applied — generally must be at or below 130 percent of the poverty line.  For a family of three, the poverty line in federal fiscal year 2014 is $1,628 a month.  Thus, 130 percent of the poverty line for a three-person family is $2,116 a month, or about $25,400 a year.  The poverty level is higher for bigger families and lower for smaller families.
  • Its net income, or income after deductions are applied, must be at or below the poverty line.
  • Its assets must fall below certain limits:  households without an elderly or disabled member must have assets of $2,000 or less, and households with an elderly or disabled member must have assets of $3,250 or less.

Income Chart

Income is one of the most important criteria for Florida Food Stamps Eligibility. Each household that is applying for assistance must have their total monthly gross income compared to a percentage of the federal poverty level, as described above. Gross Income means a household’s total income before deductions. Deductions allowed include childcare, medical expenses and housing cost. When you subtract the deductions from the Gross income, you get the Net Income amount. The chart below shows you the Gross Income and Net Income levels required for qualification, based on the number of people in each household.

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Florida Food Stamps Eligibility 

Who CANNOT Apply for Food Stamps? 

You are not eligible for Florida Food Stamps if you have been convicted of drug trafficking, are running away from a felony warrant, have intentionally violated a court-ordered program, or are a student in an institution of higher education (there are exceptions if you are working, a single parent, or other special cases). Also, those who break Food Assistance Program rules on purpose and non-citizens without a qualified status are not eligible to apply.

As with every government program, there are do and don’t. That is true for the Food Assistance Program.

Foods You Can Buy With EBT Card (Food Stamps Card)

  • Breads and cereals
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meats, fish, and poultry
  • Dairy products
  • Seeds and plants to grow and produce food for the household to eat

What you CANNOT buy with the EBT Card (Food Stamps Card)

  • Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, or tobacco
  • Pet food, soaps, paper products, or household supplies
  • Vitamins and other medicines
  • Food that will be eaten in the store
  • Hot Foods

It is very important that you only buy the foods allowed under the Food Stamp program. Engaging in any illegal use of the EBT card may cause you to lose your benefits. And once they are revoked, you will never be allowed on the program or be eligible to apply for Food Stamps again.

If you meet the Florida Food Stamps Eligibility requirements and want to apply for Food Stamps, click here.

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Apply for Florida Food Stamps

If you live in the state of Florida, have low income and need help paying for food, you may qualify for the Food Assistance Program (Food Stamps). The Florida Food Assistance program helps people with low-income with money to buy healthy food. To apply for Florida Food Stamps, follow the instructions below:

Florida Food Stamps Application Process

Step 1 – Florida Food Stamps Eligibility Requirements

The first thing you need to do is to determine if you are eligible to apply for food assistance. This is important because you don’t want to waste your time and effort going through the application process only to find out that you do not qualify for assistance. A lot of applicants have found this out the hard way where they go through the entire process almost to the end and then find out they missed an important requirement. They end up being denied. Here are the Eligibility Requirements below. Make sure you read them carefully. If you cannot read the image or want to increase the size of the font, click on the image. Be sure to click on the “back” button to return to the rest of the article:

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Florida Food Stamps Eligibility

 Who CANNOT Apply for Food Assistance 

You are not eligible for Florida Food Stamps if you have been convicted of drug trafficking, are a fleeing felon, have intentionally violated a court-ordered program, or are a student in an institution of higher education (there are exceptions if you are working, a single parent, or other special cases). Also, those who break Food Assistance Program rules on purpose and non-citizens without a qualified status are not eligible to apply.

If your household passes the Food Assistance Program’s eligibility requirements, the amount of food assistance benefits you get depends on the number of people in your household and how much money is left after certain expenses are subtracted.

Step 2 – Apply for Food Stamps

1. To apply, visit the My ACCESS Florida website by clicking here.

2. Click on the “Apply for Benefits” link on the page. It should take you to a website that looks like the one below. Check the “Apply for benefits” circle (see arrow in the image below) and click on “continue”.

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3. Answer the questions asked and click continue and follow the application instructions until they are complete. On average, it takes about 30 minutes for most people to complete the on-line application. After you’ve completed filling out the application information, you can submit it automatically to the Department of Children and Families by using the e-signature option.

4. Alternatively, you can also print and complete a paper version of the application. To print and a paper version of the application and fill it out by hand, visit this website. You will see a list of forms. Click on the “ACCESS Florida Application” form. Print it out and complete it.  You can mail, fax or take it to any ACCESS Florida customer service center. To find an ACCESS Florida customer service center near you, click here.

5. If you need assistance completing your application, you can walk into one of the Community Partner Network sites near you and get help completing your Food Stamps application. To locate a Community Partner Network site nearest to you, click here.

After you complete your application, here is what happens next.

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My access florida food stamps

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You should visit my access florida food stamps online if you are receiving florida food stamps and would like to check your account information, get customer service phone number or get information on how to file a complaint. The website looks like the picture below:

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If you are getting help buying food, or cash assistance, or help paying for healthcare or help paying your medicare premiums from the state of Florida, then you can use the My Access Account. If you already have a My Access Account, click here to login. If you don’t have an account, here is how to Register:

Register for My Access Florida Food Stamps Account 
Visit the website here. Then click on “Register Now” to set up your new account. The website is going to ask you to create a username and password, which will allow you to be able to login in the future. Be sure to pick a username that is easy to remember. Also, when it comes to picking a password, select a password that is easy for you to remember but difficult for other people to guess – otherwise, your account may be used illegally. Make sure you include numbers and symbols in your password. Avoid using easy to guess passwords like street address number, date of birth, social security number, consecutive digits. If you need help with picking a secure password, visit wikipedia password strength for more tips and help.

Designated Representative
You can also ask someone you trust to act as your designated representative and to help you apply for your assistance with the state or help you manage your account with the state (food stamps, cash or medical assistance account). Your designated representative can create and manage your account online on your behalf.

The my access food stamps account access is available 24/7 so you can check your account information anytime. You can also get information regarding how to contact customer service and speak to a live representative.

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About Florida Food Stamps
If you are thinking about applying for Florida Foods Stamps but don't know where to start, you've come to the right place. Our website provides you the information you need to get approved for the Florida Food Assistance. Once approved, you will receive a Florida EBT Debit Card and be able to manage your card via My Florida Access - which allows you to check Florida EBT Card balance, transactions and get customer service help. If you are looking for the official Florida Food Stamps website, click here. Feel free to use the search box on the page to locate the information you are looking for. If you have specific questions about this site, email us. We hope you find our website useful.