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.
Apply for Food Stamps
Once you have determined that you qualify for food stamps, you can click here to apply. When you apply, you may be invited for an in-person interview at a Department of Children and Families (DCF) office near you. The video below explains what happens next after you apply for food stamps in Florida.
We hope you found this article helpful. If you have any questions or comments regarding this article or how to apply for food stamps in general, tell us in the comments section below.