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ACCESS Florida Food Stamps

The Florida Food Stamp program allows low income people to purchase food for themselves. Primarily, this aid is given to families, or people who are taking care of children, but it may also be extended to individuals with various circumstances. The amount of money distributed is based on the number of people living in the home under the age of 18, and the amount of income the total household has left over after expenses.

The food stamp program in Florida is comprised of several departments who all funnel their resources to make certain that those who apply and qualify can have access to food. In general, in order to qualify you will need to meet the following requirements:

·        Be US citizen (or have a green card)

·        Be living in the state of Florida

·        Have an gross income that is 200% based on the Federal Poverty Level index.


To apply online you can go to this link:  The form takes about 20 minutes, or so, to fill out, but you must first be prequalified. To do this go to the prescreening site at this link 

You will need your official state issued ID, social security card, and indicate whether you are working or not. If you are not working, and are not in a family, then if you qualify you can only receive assistance for the maximum of three months. Additionally, if you are behind in child support payments, or owe money to the government (taxes) then you will not be eligible.

Many people believe that with the EBT card that is offered to qualifying participants, that they can use this like a debit card to purchase whatever they’d like from the store. This is not true at all. In general, you will be able to buy food items, but you cannot use it to buy food for your pets, personal hygiene items, tobacco, alcohol, or medications (even over the counter varieties).

Once you have been issued your food stamp card, you can check on the status of your application, see what the balance is on the card, order replacements, or duplicates, at the main website:  When you start receiving benefits, be aware that you won’t get all of the money in one big lump sum. It will come to you in two separate payments at the beginning of the month and toward the end of the month. These availability dates change often, so it is a good idea to check in often just to make sure of when the funds will be available.