DCF releasing mass replacement of benefits due to Hurricane Idalia

Press release from Florida Department of Children and Families

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) announced two additional flexibilities for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients impacted by Hurricane Idalia. The flexibilities include mass replacement of benefits for individuals in the counties listed below who normally receive their monthly benefit between August 15-28. This will eliminate the need for recipients to submit requests individually in the severely impacted areas. The second flexibility allows recipients in the counties listed below to use their EBT card to purchase hot foods at participating retailers. Typically, food assistance benefits can only be used to buy unprepared foods, such as breads, cereals, meats, fruits, vegetables, and poultry.

“We believe these flexibilities will help support families through the immediate recovery process, particularly households still awaiting power restoration,” said Secretary Shevaun Harris. “Our team has deployed to several communities to bring supplies and additional supports. For more information on available local resources offered by the Department, please visit our website at www.myflfamilies.com/idalia.”

Mass replacement of benefits will be issued for more than 38,000 households and will provide more than $8 million in food assistance. These benefits will be added to EBT cards automatically, individuals do not need to apply for the benefits.

Mass SNAP replacement will be for the following counties:

  • Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Jefferson, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Pasco, Suwannee, Taylor, and Wakulla counties.

The Hot Food Waiver is for the following 23 counties:

  • Alachua, Baker, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Madison, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, and Wakulla.
  • To hell with working for a living anymore. Just “SNAP” your fingers and the gubment will be there to cover you with an IOU sent to our children. Good luck kids.

    • Not everyone gets it unfortunately. Sometimes the people who need it can’t, and those who don’t get it. Long ago I needed help but I made 35 dollars over the limit. Now with inflation food prices almost everyone needs a form of help. But yet again yes it does effect our children’s future. Just like that stimulus check is doing.

      • I agree completely, the government has been ignoring the people that lost food because of the lack of power in their homes we lost a lot of food that had to be thrown out yet and still nobody seems to be willing to help us to help us replace the food that was lost because of the loss of electricity we need help too! Us need to spend some money helping his own folks rather than helping other other countries that’s in war a war that’s not about making and we shouldn’t be in it. Spend that money on helping its own people will be a great idea my freezes empty I need some help.

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