Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Formerly known as the Food Stamp Program
Approximately 58 percent of Florida elders, or more than 330,000 individuals, are eligible but do not participate in SNAP. However nutrition assistance has been proven to help maintain or improve the nutritional well-being of low-income households, while improving diet quality and nutritional security.
Contact the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to apply for nutrition assistance.
In October 2009, the Department of Elder Affairs was awarded a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to evaluate if more elders would apply for nutrition assistance if the application could be conducted over the telephone. In conjunction with DCF, the Department is piloting an assisted telephone nutrition assistance application process in an effort to increase the number of elders applying for nutrition assistance.
You can participate in the assisted telephone nutrition assistance application pilot project if you meet the following criteria:
Reside in a county that is participating in the pilot project
Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Nassau, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Union and Volusia; and
Are 60 years of age or older
Have a net monthly income of less than $903 or a combined income with your spouse of less than $1,215.
Are a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen.
How to apply in the following counties:
Alachua, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Sumter, Suwannee, and Union:
call 1-800-963-5337 and ask to speak to a SNAP Operator or visit www.agingresources.org
Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. Johns, and Volusia:
call 904-391-6600 or 1-888-242-4464 and ask to speak to a SNAP Operator or visit www.myeldersource.org
Pasco and Pinellas:
call 1-800-963-5337 and ask to speak to a SNAP operator or visit agingcarefl.org
Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, and Polk:
call 1-800-963-5337 and ask to speak to a SNAP operator or visit www.agingflorida.com
Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie:
call 1-866-684-5885 and ask to speak to a SNAP operator or visit www.myanswersonaging.org
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