Hurricane food assistance program begins in Pinellas County

Posted at 5:45 PM, Sep 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-27 17:45:47-04

Susan Gosney and her husband, both veterans, had it pretty rough during Hurricane Irma.

“We lost quite a bit on our house. (We're) trying to regroup. Carport and everything is gone,” said Gosney.

They were also without power for 5 days and lost all their food. That’s why the Clearwater couple went for help.

“I figured I’d come down and give it a try because I need to restock my fridge.”

This is a familiar story at the Seminole Recreation Center where state officials set up a tent as big as a football field to house the Disaster Food Assistance Program in Pinellas County. If you qualify, you’ll get an EBT card to use for food.

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“This is for high need people who need that assistance immediately to put food on their table to support their family,” said Natalie Harrell with the Department of Children and Families.

The Pinellas location is the first in the state. Others will soon follow.

Citrus County’s location opens Saturday at Central Florida College on South Lecanto Highway.

Rachel Stewart signed up and got her card in a matter of minutes.

“That’s going to help me a whole lot,” she said.

Eligibility depends on how much hurricane related expenses you have and income. Lost income because of the storm is also factored in. To speed up the process, pre-register at