Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Shevaun Harris announced that the third phase of the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) will open on Monday, October 24 for Hillsborough, Lake, Osceola, Putnam, Seminole, and Volusia counties. D-SNAP provides food assistance for individuals and families impacted by Hurricane Ian who are not currently receiving food assistance benefits through the regular Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
“The first two phases of D-SNAP have been highly successful with $69.7 million disbursed to more than 112,000 households,” said Secretary Shevaun Harris. “The Department has been offering and encouraging families to use the phone option for their interview, and has hundreds of call center agents available each day to support these efforts. Our Department will continue to work hard to meet the needs of Floridians who have been affected by Hurricane Ian.”
D-SNAP is being implemented in phases by county. Pre-registration is required by all applicants. Applicants are then required to conduct a phone interview through the D-SNAP Call Center or by visiting a D-SNAP event for an on-site interview. Phone interviews are highly encouraged to help expedite service to eligible households. DCF will host in-person D-SNAP events for residents who cannot participate by phone. On-site interviews are not required if a phone interview is completed. On-site D-SNAP event dates and locations in each county will be announced as they open.
The first phase of D-SNAP began on October 10 and included Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Lee, Polk, and Sarasota counties.
Phase two began on October 17 and included Flagler, Highlands, Manatee, Orange, Pinellas, and St. Johns counties.
To view the D-SNAP schedule by county and details on how to apply, visit MyFLFamilies.com/DSNAP.