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D-SNAP programs begin in Big Bend counties

Posted at 4:49 PM, Oct 31, 2018
and last updated 2019-10-02 15:46:24-04

WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - The Federal Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is up and running in 12 Big Bend counties, assisting those impacted by Hurricane Michael. 

It's as easy as coming in and filling out an online application to make sure you're eligible for the D-SNAP Program and the Florida Department of Children and Families has you out the door in 10 minutes with an electronic benefits card.  

Through this disaster response program, those impacted by Hurricane Michael see money loaded onto a card in less than 24 hours.

A family of four can get up to $650, a single person gets $200 to spend at authorized USDA grocery stores and other food retailers.

To qualify, you need to have lived or worked in one of the twelve counties on October 10 and not be receiving food assistance through the regular SNAP program.

Violet Ryland, Site Manager of the Wakulla D-SNAP Program, estimates 6,000 people in Wakulla are eligible. 

"We use your net income and not your gross income and then whatever losses or expenses you may have incurred due to the hurricane," said Ryland. 

Don't make the mistake of thinking you're not eligible. Site managers said apply anyway just to be sure.

In addition to this Wakulla site, there are mobile sites in Bay, Franklin, Taylor and Gulf counties until Nov. 4. 

If you're in Wakulla and can't make it this week, you can attend any location even if you don't live there.

The sites will move to Calhoun, Gadsden, Jackson and Liberty counties to help communities there.

They'll be open from Nov. 7-11 from 6:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.