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Second Harvest's Benefits Connection Team out in the field

SNAP Benefits

Since 2008, Benefits Connection has assisted thousands of households in Central Florida to access more than $100 million in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Though SNAP is the primary program of our nation’s hunger safety net, a large number of qualified individuals and families face challenges applying for these benefits. Lack of access to a computer or skills to navigate an online application, lack of awareness of these benefits, misinformation on eligibility factors, and language and literacy barriers are some of the obstacles these applicants confront.

The Benefits Connection staff offers SNAP application assistance, advice, and support to working families, seniors, veterans and persons with disabilities, at convenient locations throughout our service area. Additionally, USDA reports that every $5 in new SNAP benefits generates $9 in total economic activity to the community and creates thousands of farm jobs.

Happy 10th Anniversary Benefits Connection!!

Ten years ago, at the peak of the Great Recession, Second Harvest Food Bank was looking for options to respond to the rising demand for food in our community. Click here to read the history behind our Benefits Connection program and how it has helped feed our Central Florida neighbors in need.

We provide this service for four key reasons:

  • It fits with our mission
  • Demand for food is at incredibly high levels
  • Millions of dollars' worth of benefits will be accessed for food purchase
  • SNAP provides more options for those with health related dietary needs.

Struggling to provide for your family? WE CAN HELP

Friendly SNAP (food stamp) application assistance is provided at the sites below in Orange and Brevard County. Required interview conducted at time of application.

We recommend you arrive early to sign in. Customers are assisted on a "first come, first served" basis and lines often form early.

Benefits Connection Calendars

You can also apply online here.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex (including gender identity and expression), marital status, religion, sexual orientation, reprisal, political beliefs or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program.

Persons who require alternate means of communication of program information should contact SHFB at (407) 295-2777.  When applicable, these alternate means of communications are provided free of charge

Donna Peters, Single Point of Contact, Benefits Connection Program

For more important information see the following links:

Interpreter services for the Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing (poster size 11x17)
DCF Non-discrimination poster (poster size 11x17)
Limited English proficient poster (poster size 11x17)

For the full USDA-HHS Non-Discrimination Statement click here:

For more information or to receive help, please contact:
Nitza Colon, Benefits Connection Manager
SNAP Hotline: 407-295-2777

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