Since 2008, Benefits Connection has secured over $80 million in unused SNAP benefits that are now being used to put food on the table of tens of thousands of Central Floridians in need. The program is designed to help qualified candidates overcome the challenges associated with accessing these dollars, such as lack of access to a computer or skills to navigate an online application, lack of awareness regarding these benefits, misinformation on eligibility factors, and language and literacy barriers. The slow economic growth and the limited availability of in-person application assistance are real challenges to those who have never had to apply for benefits before, the elderly, individuals with disabilities and for those with literacy barriers.
By offering advice, support and assistance at convenient locations, we can extend our reach and better facilitate the benefit process. Our team of Specialists provides one-on-one assistance with the application, submits support documents to the DCF, completes the interview required by the program, and provides SNAP education, information and referrals to a network of agencies. In addition, our specialists are able to enroll our clients in Medicaid, TANF, and the Medicare Savings Program, which benefits seniors and persons with disabilities.
We decided to pursue this program for three 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.
Benefits Connection Locations and Calendar
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 about Benefits Connection, please contact:
Nitza Colon - Benefits Connection Manager