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Under the Department of Children and Families, the ACCESS program provides funds for Florida Food, Medical Assistance and Cash assistance. Floridians who want to take advantage of the ACCESS program must first register through the ACCESS website located here. You can do a prescreening and apply for benefits all from this website. Prescreening allows you to figure out what benefits you qualify for. You can also set up a My ACCESS account that allows you to see all of your benefits and track your application status. You can also view your Electronic Benefits Transfer account, which is the account for the card that you use to access your food stamp benefits.
To apply online, you must first register. Registration takes less than a few seconds and simply requires your contact details and social security number. From here, you can apply for several programs, including the online application for food assistance. To apply, you need a social security number and date of birth, income information, resource and asset information, housing expenses like rent or utilities, health insurance information and proof of U.S. citizenship. Once you apply, you will go through processing and receive a follow-up eligibility interview that further accesses your income and assets.
Eligibility depends on your household size and income. During the prescreening, you can determine if you are eligible to receive food assistance aid. The online prescreening takes you through a process of questions that determine your income and assets as well as how many people you have in your household. In general, you must be in a low income family to be eligible for benefits. Once you are approved, you will receive benefits on a EBT card every month. You can view your status and track the activity on your EBT account online located here.
SNAP is the federal name for the food assistance programs. Every state has multiple SNAP locations. In fact, every county should have multiple locations where you can use your card. You can find specific locations near you using the SNAP retailer locator on the federal website. You can also call 1-866-76ACCESS.