Disaster SNAP: Food For Florida disaster food assistance program coming to Polk County

Posted at 12:40 PM, Oct 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-10 17:09:13-04

The Department of Children and Families (DCF), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will implement the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program in Lakeland to assist individuals and families impacted by Hurricane Irma from October 14 through 18, 2017.

Hurricane Irma: Florida Disaster SNAP benefits guide

To qualify for the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance program, applicants must have lived or worked in one of the counties declared for FEMA Individual Assistance on September 5, and not be receiving food assistance through the regular Food Assistance Program (SNAP). Additionally, eligible individuals and families 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, or have incurred other disaster related expenses. DCF will provide or mail Electronic Benefits Transfer cards to eligible individuals and families to use at authorized USDA food retailers. The program counts only income and expenses from September 5 through October 4, 2017.

Individuals are encouraged to fill out the initial application for assistance online no later than the day before visiting the Food for Florida site. Click here to find the application.
The Food for Florida disaster food assistance program in Polk County will take place from Oct. 14 - 18 at:
RP Funding Building
Location: 701 W Lime Street, Lakeland, FL 33815
Hours: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Note: The line may close prior to 6 p.m. based on time to process those already in line.