The impacts of Hurricane Ian are still being felt by many in Seminole County. This is why it is important for residents to understand what resources are available for them and their neighbors.
On October 7th, 2022 the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that some residents may be eligible to receive food assistance through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). This program is designed for low-income individuals impacted by an emergency or natural disaster. It’s estimated that 740,000 households may be eligible for D-SNAP. Those who are eligible and apply will receive one month of benefits equal to the maximum monthly amount for a SNAP household of their size.
Eligibility and Process
These are the eligibility requirements according to the Florida Department of Children and Families:
- Applicants must NOT be receiving regular SNAP benefits
- Applicants must have been living or working in a disaster-declared county at the time of Hurricane Ian
- Applicants must have suffered a disaster-related loss such as:
- Damage to their homes or self-employment property
- Loss of food
- Reduction or loss of income
- Other disaster-related expenses
- Applicant must meet financial eligibility requirements
Applicants must go through a two-step process. A pre-registration online application, followed by a phone interview or an on-site event at a later date. Applicants must call the D-SNAP Call center to complete their phone interview on their scheduled day based on their last name.
Pre-registration is being done in phases throughout the state. Seminole County pre-registration OPENS ONLINE Monday, October 24th and CLOSES Sunday, October 30th. Telephone Interviews will start Thursday, October 27th and end Sunday, October 30th. For more information visit https://myflfamilies.com/DSNAP/.