What is SNAP?
SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps. SNAP is a safety net for those who are food insecure, by providing a means for low-income individuals and families to buy nutritious food. However, according to the most recent data from the United States Department of Agriculture, almost 1 million individuals who are eligible for SNAP in the State of Florida have not applied for assistance. This means that across the state over $417.3 million in funding for food assistance goes unused.
Feeding South Florida SNAP Centers
Feeding South Florida currently operates two SNAP centers where individuals and families in the South Florida region can apply for SNAP benefits. The center is located in Miami-Dade County and the second is in Broward County. The centers are unique because they are both one-stop, self service facilities. Individuals can use the computers, copiers and fax machine to complete the application process for SNAP on their own. Phones are also available to use for the interview process. Staff is available at the Broward SNAP center to answer questions as well as to provide assistance with the computers and office equipment to those who require assistance.
Feeding South Florida also provides a box of food to individuals who complete the online SNAP (food stamp) application, in person, at the Broward or Miami location. Additionally, SNAP applicants and the general public can request and receive the names and addresses of food pantries or soup kitchens in their community where they can receive emergency food assistance.
Find out if you may be eligible for SNAP or Apply for SNAP
If you are interested in determining if you may be eligible for SNAP benefits, or would like to apply for SNAP benefits, and are a resident of Florida, click here to use the State of Florida’s pre-screening tool or online application. To locate the prescreening tool, scroll down the page to where it says, “Prescreening Tool” to begin entering your information. To complete the online application, scroll down to where it says “Apply for Benefits.” Note the links are located below the blue box that says, “ACCESS Messages Box.” Also, these links are for Florida residents only. If you live in another state you may want to check with your local SNAP office or locate your local SNAP office by phoning the national SNAP information hotline at 1-800-221-5689.
For more information on Feeding South Florida’s SNAP Centers, or the application process, please call 954-518-1857 and someone will return your call.
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