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Second Harvest Food Bank works with 550 local feeding partners to provide food to our Central Florida neighbors in need. To locate a partner in your area, please fill out the form below. We will respond within the next few days with a list of feeding programs in your area.

If you need assistance during the weekends, please call United Way's 2-1-1. 211 provides free and confidential information and can also help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more. Visit our community resource page for a list of names and numbers of additional local programs that can help with various needs.

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Important Information Regarding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES - There have been reports of misleading information or actual scams in regards to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The information below is effective as of September 14, 2017.

Replacement of food lost in storm: This is only for people that received September Food Assistance Benefits. The Department is working on a plan to provide replacements to customers who lost food in the storm. Customers may submit forms for individual replacement of benefits and the requests will be reviewed as soon as possible.

Disaster SNAP (Food for Florida): We are not taking applications for D-SNAP as of 9/13. State and federal emergency officials must assess the counties with the most damage to determine where Food for Florida could take place. More information will be provided when available.

Please use this web site for accurate information: www.myflorida.com/accessflorida

FEMA Assistance

A message from FEMA: Once your county receives an Individual Assistance designation, these FEMA Programs are available to those who are eligible. You are eligible if you are a disaster-impacted individual with expenses not covered by insurance.

HOW TO APPLY

• Internet: https://www.disasterassistance.gov
• Smartphone: Downloading FEMA application through https://www.fema.gov
• FEMA Toll-Free Helpline: 800-621-3362
• FEMA Toll-Free Helpline for deaf, hard of hearing, or speech disability: 800-462-7585
• Disaster Recovery Center open for limited periods post-disaster near your community.
• U.S. SBA Disaster Loan Assistance: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

Individuals and Households Program: Housing Assistance provides financial and/or direct assistance to eligible disaster survivors who have necessary expenses and serious needs unmet through other resources, such as insurance.

Financial Housing Assistance can include Rental Assistance, Lodging Expense Reimbursement, Home Repair Assistance, and Home Replacement Assistance.

Direct Housing Assistance can include Manufactured Housing Units, Multi-Family Lease and Repair, and Permanent or Semi-Permanent Housing Construction.

Other Needs Assistance provides financial assistance to individuals and households who have other disaster-related necessary expenses such as medical, childcare, funeral, personal property, and transportation costs. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Disaster Assistance Program provides low-interest, long-term loans to those impacted by a declared disaster.

Crisis Counseling Assistance & Training Program assists in recovery from the effects of a disaster through community based outreach and psycho-educational services.

Disaster Case Management involves creating a Disaster Recovery Plan together with a disaster case manager to reach disaster recovery by meeting unmet needs through available resources.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance provides unemployment benefits and re-employment services to individuals who have become unemployed because of the disaster and who are not eligible for regular State unemployment insurance.

Disaster Legal Services provides legal assistance to low-income individuals who are unable to secure legal services adequate to meet their disaster related needs.

Restrictions: Financial assistance is limited to an annually adjusted amount based on the Department of Labor Consumer Price Index. Applicants whose homes are located in a Special Flood Hazard Area and who receive assistance because of a flood-caused disaster must obtain and maintain flood insurance. Disaster survivors may need to provide documentation to help FEMA evaluate their eligibility, such as proof of occupancy, ownership, income loss, and/or information concerning an applicant’s housing situation prior to the disaster. Assistance is limited to 18 months following the disaster declaration.

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