D – SNAP BENEFITS in Florida for Hurricane Idalia Victims

Title: “Urgent Assistance for Hurricane Idalia Victims in Florida: SNAP Benefits and Child Nutrition Programs Information”

Hurricane Idalia Update: September 03, 2023

Child Nutrition Programs: Help for Families Affected by Hurricane Idalia

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On September 3, 2023, USDA approved Florida’s request to issue replacement benefits to SNAP recipients in 14 counties impacted by Hurricane Idalia starting August 29.

This covers power outages and flooding losses. The waiver applies to the following 14 counties: Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Jefferson, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Pasco, Suwannee, Taylor and Wakulla.

On September 2, 2023, USDA waived restrictions on purchasing hot foods with SNAP benefits in 23 Florida counties affected by Hurricane Idalia through October 1, 2023. This waiver took 1-2 days to implement in retailers.

The waivers aim to support access to food needs among Florida SNAP recipients dealing with the impacts of the hurricane.

Replacement benefits help replace food lost due to power outages and flooding.

The “hot foods” waiver allows recipients to purchase prepared meals during the recovery period.

On August 30, 2023, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) received approval from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for a special waiver.

This waiver provides crucial support for institutions and organizations involved in the Florida Child Care Food Program (CCFP) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) impacted by Hurricane Idalia. What does this mean for you?

  • Meals in Flexible Settings: Institutions can serve meals in non-congregate settings.
  • Time Adjustments: Meal service times can be adjusted to better suit your needs.
  • Parent and Guardian Pick-Up: Parents and guardians can pick up meals for children.
  • Meal Pattern and Educational Requirements: These may be waived for the at-risk component.
  • Payment Flexibility: Organizations now have more flexibility in making payments to facilities and day care homes.
  • Monitoring Visits: The requirement for meal service observation during monitoring visits can be waived.
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This waiver is valid until September 30, 2023.


Waiver Type Flexibility Requested Approval/Denial Date Expiration Date
Meal Pattern Requirements Flexibility in meeting dietary specifications and providing meal components Pending
Congregate (Group) Meal Requirements Meals provided as grab ‘n go Pending
60-Day Claiming Deadlines for June 2023 Extension of claiming deadlines for June 2023 claims by 30 calendar days Pending
Monitoring Requirements for Sponsoring Organizations Various options for sponsoring organizations to waive certain requirements related to visits and reviews for the next 60 days Pending
Program Payment Procedures Waiving the requirement to distribute reimbursement within 5 days of receipt of the monthly reimbursement Pending

Additionally, on August 29, 2023, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) received approval for waivers related to child nutrition programs.

This includes the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), Seamless Summer Option (SSO), National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and School Breakfast Program (SBP). These waivers allow:

  • Non-Congregate Meals: Meals can be served in non-congregate settings.
  • Parent Pick-Up: Parents can pick up meals.
  • Time Adjustments: Meal service times can be adjusted.
  • Offer Versus Serve: NSLP and SBP are not required to use offer versus serve.

These waivers are in effect until September 30, 2023.


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Assistance for SNAP Households in 49 Florida Counties

If you are part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and reside in any of the following counties: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard,Calhoun, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, Desoto, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Nassau, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia, or Wakulla, you are eligible for early issuance of September 2023 SNAP benefits.

What This Means for You:

  • Early Issuance: You will receive your September 2023 SNAP benefits between September 1, 2023, and September 14, 2023, helping you prepare for the storm before it arrives or immediately after it makes landfall.


Benefits are made available from the 1st to the 28th of every month, based on the 9th and 8th digits of the Florida case number (READ BACKWARDS), dropping the 10th digit.

Florida SNAP Benefits Availability

Florida SNAP Benefits Availability

Case Number Benefits Available
00-03 Benefits available on the 1st
04-06 Benefits available on the 2nd
07-10 Benefits available on the 3rd
11-13 Benefits available on the 4th
14-17 Benefits available on the 5th
18-20 Benefits available on the 6th
21-24 Benefits available on the 7th
25-27 Benefits available on the 8th
28-31 Benefits available on the 9th
32-34 Benefits available on the 10th
35-38 Benefits available on the 11th
39-41 Benefits available on the 12th
42-45 Benefits available on the 13th
46-48 Benefits available on the 14th
49-53 Benefits available on the 15th
54-57 Benefits available on the 16th
58-60 Benefits available on the 17th
61-64 Benefits available on the 18th
65-67 Benefits available on the 19th
68-71 Benefits available on the 20th
72-74 Benefits available on the 21st
75-78 Benefits available on the 22nd
79-81 Benefits available on the 23rd
82-85 Benefits available on the 24th
86-88 Benefits available on the 25th
89-92 Benefits available on the 26th
93-95 Benefits available on the 27th
96-99 Benefits available on the 28th
00-33 Cash and SUNCAP benefits available on the 1st
34-66 Cash and SUNCAP benefits available on the 2nd
67-99 Cash and SUNCAP benefits available on the 3rd

These are challenging times for Floridians. If you’re affected by Hurricane Idalia in Florida and need assistance with SNAP benefits or child nutrition programs, this information is crucial.

Stay safe, and take advantage of these resources to help you and your family during this difficult period.


The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) provides quick, short-term food assistance to families affected by disasters.

Eligible households receive one month of benefits equal to their usual SNAP benefits. These benefits are delivered through an EBT card for food purchases.

D-SNAP uses a simplified application process, delivering assistance within 72 hours, easing the burden on post-disaster State agencies.

Families who don’t typically qualify for SNAP may be eligible due to disaster-related expenses like income loss, property damage, relocation costs, or food loss due to power outages.


During D-SNAP operations, existing SNAP clients with disaster losses below their usual benefits can request a supplement to reach the maximum for their household size, ensuring fairness between D-SNAP and regular SNAP households.

FNS approves D-SNAP under the Stafford Act following a Presidential disaster declaration for Individual Assistance by FEMA.


State agencies request FNS approval for D-SNAP, which operates for a limited period, usually around 7 days, during which the State accepts D-SNAP applications.

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