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SNAP Benefits (Food Stamps)

Another way of putting food on the table and fighting food insecurity in our community is by offering assistance with applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. To ensure individuals, families, seniors, veterans and persons with disabilities have the help they need, our Benefits Connection Outreach program offers experienced, friendly and full-service SNAP application assistance at convenient locations in Brevard, Lake, Orange and Osceola Counties.

Services include:

  • Required interview conducted at time of application (normally conducted over the phone after an application is submitted).
  • Supporting documents scanned and submitted directly to DCF.
  • SNAP related consultations and application follow-up assistance provided as well as information and referrals.

All services are provided free of charge.

Benefits Connection: Where You Can Find Us for Face to Face Application

You can also apply online here.

**New: Prior to your SNAP application appointment

  • Set up an email account (The ACCESS portal now requires an email address for account setup and authentication.)

Documents to bring to your SNAP application appointment

  • Identification for all members of the household (State Id, Valid Passport, for Children: Birth Certificates and Social Security Cards are recommended)
  • Citizenship Documents (Naturalization Certificate or USA Passport) or (Permanent Resident ID Card)
  • Proof of ALL household income for the last most recent 4 weeks (paystubs, letter of income, work receipts, for self-employment work logs/calendar and/or tax reports) (For social security income or other also provide the Award Letter)
  • Proof of a recent job loss (letter of termination or the DCF Loss of Income Form CF-2620
  • Letter of financial support (signed & dated by supporting person; also must include their full name, address and phone number to contact)
  • Overdue Utility bills or Medical (if applying for Medicaid)
  • Childcare Payment verification or Valid Business Receipt
  • Child Support payment verification (court order, court statement of payments)

Instruction Videos

For more information or to receive help, please contact:

Erica Astacio, Benefits Connection Manager at

SNAP Frequently Asked Questions

For frequently asked questions, click 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

For more information on Civil Rights Laws and Regulations click on the following links:

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For the full USDA-HHS Non-Discrimination Statement, click here.
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