The Florida Food Assistance and SUNCAP Programs (formerly called the Food Stamp Program) helps you and your family buy food needed for good health. You can buy food from most grocery stores and other retailers that sell food. If you meet the program guidelines, you will get a special debit card (called an EBT Card). The EBT card comes with a certain amount of money already on it to pay for food. The amount of money you get on the card may depend on three things:
- household income from all sources (earned and unearned) such as money you get from a job, Social Security, SSI, or interest
- how many people live in your household
- where you live
You can use the card at most grocery stores, certain senior centers, and some meal delivery services such as Meals on Wheels. It works just like a regular debit card. You buy your groceries using the card and the cost is taken out of the total amount on the card. More money is put on your EBT card on a monthly basis.
The SUNCAP Program
is a special Food Assistance Program for people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). If you get food assistance benefits through SUNCAP, you may not need to complete any additional application, paperwork, or interviews.
How do I apply?
To apply for the Food Assistance and SUNCAP Programs, you can print and fill out the application form and mail it to your local office. You can also apply by using the online application. Call your State Hotline at (866) 762-2237
to see if you can apply by phone.