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SNAP benefits to increase for Florida recipients in April

Posted at 11:34 AM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 16:55:30-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefit amounts will be increased this month for Florida recipients due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Department of Children and Families, the federal waiver will temporarily increase all SNAP recipients' benefit amounts to the maximum monthly allotment based on household size.

DCF says they are actively working to implement increasing benefits to the maximum monthly allotment based on household size for the months of March and April.

Officials say clients can expect to receive their additional March funds as early as April 3.

For April, if you are a client that receives your regular benefit between April 1-7, you can expect to receive your benefit on April 8.

If you are a client that receives your regular benefit after April 7, you can expect your additional benefit to be included as a part of your regularly scheduled benefit allotment.

Additionally, DCF says any new households approved for food assistance will receive additional benefits within a week of being approved for benefits.

Individuals who are already receiving the maximum allotment will not receive an increase.

To ensure Floridians can safely access SNAP, TANF, and Medicaid benefits, DCF has implemented a six-month re-certification extension for individuals and families scheduled to re-certify in April or May.

Along with increasing benefits, DCF has waived work requirements for individuals participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

If you have any questions regarding SNAP benefits please contact DCF’s Customer Call Center at 1-866-762-2237 or 850-300-4323. Recipients can also click here for more information.