Broward Disaster SNAP distribution sites reopen due to high demand
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brightcove.createExperiences(); Rebecca Vargas | Walter Morris NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Several Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program distribution sites had to close early, while Broward locations were reopened after a larger than expected turnout.Program offers families assistance for food losses from Irma. (WPEC)
Collier and Lee counties can get help at the dog track on Bonita Beach Road beginning Thursday, October 26th.
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Disaster SNAP benefits available for those not already getting assistance
— Glades Pioneer Park, 866 SW 16th Street, Belle Glade.
Raquel Gutierrez and her family of seven walked out of the tent thankful for not only the assistance but also the easy, fast process.
To qualify, applicants must have lived or worked in one of the 48 federally-declared disaster counties on Sept. 5 and not receive food assistance through the regular SNAP Program. Additionally, applicants must have suffered a disaster-related loss, such as damage to their homes or self-employment property, loss of food, reduction or loss of income, or have incurred other disaster related expenses.
The SNAP benefit sign up in Sarasota opens Friday for those with the last names A-F only.
▪ Broward locations, including Central Broward Regional Park (3801W. Sunrise Blvd., Lauderhill, C.B. Smith Park (900 N Flamingo Rd, Pembroke Pines) and Quiet Waters Parks and Recreation (401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach), will also be open until Oct. 15. They will accept in-person sign ups each day based on last names, with a makeup day on Sunday.
▪ In Miami-Dade, the program will be available at Tropical Park (7900 SW 40th St.), Miami Dade College North Campus (11380 NW 27th Ave.), South Dade Government Center (10710 SW 211th St.) and Amelia Earhart Park (451 E. 56th St. in Hialeah) every day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Sunday, Oct. 15.To qualify for the Food for Florida benefits program, applicants must have lived or worked in one of the 48 federally-declared disaster counties on September 5, and not receive food assistance through the regular SNAP Program. In addition to those served at the Food for Florida sites, more than 2.4 million individuals already receiving food assistance automatically received benefits to bring them to the maximum benefit amount. These families do not need to apply or show up at a program site to receive these benefits.
In person registration in both counties runs through Oct. 15, though people can also pre-register for the program online.
To pre-register, an applicant needs a valid Florida Driver License or Florida Identification Card. Individuals, families, and authorized representatives who pre-register must still visit a Food for Florida disaster site, listed on the Food for Florida website, to be interviewed. Only the head of household needs to visit the site. Individuals may also apply at the Food for Florida Disaster Program site.FCC Online Public Inspection File • EEO Public File Report
“I work, but money is just enough to make ends meet,” said Mitchell. “I can't go to the grocery store. And when I had to throw away food, that really messed me up. So, [the assistance] is really going help me a lot, and I thank God for it.”
According to DCF, the scheduled closing time of the sites is 6 p.m. and will reopen at 7 a.m. on Saturday. The program is scheduled to go on until Sunday.
DCF spokesperson Natalie Harrell said applicants are also encouraged to preregister online to avoid long wait times. She encourages people looking for assistance to arrive to the center as early as possible, as lines could close before 6 p.m., depending on how many people show up to be served.
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Like many South Florida residents, preparing for Irma took a toll on Rivera’s bank account, and now she’s barely getting by. “I’m on a fixed income, and that fixed income is gone,” she said.The ABC 7 weather team helps to prepare you for Hurricane Irma….”Also, you had to have had some financial impact from Hurricane Irma. That could be temporary job loss or permanent job loss, food loss,” said Harrell.
Charlotte and Sarasota counties will be served Friday, October 13 through Tuesday, October 17 at Westfield Sarasota Square Mall.