Local Florida officials recently discovered that a staggering $21 million in food stamp fraud was uncovered from last year. With more than two million Florida households relying on food stamps, that is not something to laugh about. Florida aims to crack down on food stamp fraud through a new law just passed in the state. Food stamp fraud is not only harmful to those who qualify and receive benefits, but also steals from all the taxpayers that pay into the program. The law will make it illegal for residents to have two or more Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. This law was created in hopes to prevent the amount of food stamp trafficking in the state. As the video below shows, the food stamps fraud is particularly common with corner stores or small local market stores.
The Florida food stamp program, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is administered by the Florida Department of Children and Families. The program helps low-income Florida residents purchase food that they need for good health. SNAP recipients can purchase food items such as breads, cereals, fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, poultry, dairy, plants and seeds. To receive SNAP benefits in Florida, you must first meet certain income requirements. Acceptance into SNAP also considers household size and expenses. To see if you qualify for food stamps benefits you can determine your eligibility here.
The Florida Department of Children and Families uses the Automated Community Connection to Economic Self Sufficiency (ACCESS) system for benefit eligibility determination, application, status checkup, and more. The Florida ACCESS system allows customers to connect with their public assistance information 24/7 through the online application.
If you wish to apply for food stamp benefits, have already applied or are currently receiving benefits in the state of Florida, click the following link to obtain your My Access Florida Login. Once logged into your account, you can check on the status of your application, report a change, request additional benefits, and gather additional information regarding your current benefits. You can also submit requested verification to the department using the document upload feature inside your Access account.
If you would like additional information regarding Florida SNAP and how to apply visit the Florida Department of Children and Families website.