Coronavirus: Here’s how to apply for food stamps, financial assistance

Coronavirus: Here’s how to apply for food stamps, financial assistance

The coronavirus is putting financial hardships on a lot of families and individuals across the country including Central Florida, where the tourism and hospitality industries have shut down for the foreseeable future.

However, there are resources out there for those who need a helping hand through the Florida Department of Children and Families.

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The organization can help families and those in need buy food and provide access to low- or no-cost health care, cash assistance and help paying for Medicare premiums.

But before applying, you should first find out if you’re eligible through the department’s Access Florida website.

A 15-minute questionnaire can help determine your eligibility for assistance. It asks about the people in your home, incomes, housing costs, medical bills and child care expenses in a private and safe setting.

Afterward, the website will help determine your eligibility for programs like food, medical and cash assistance.

For those who are eligible and want to apply, here’s what you may need for all individuals for whom you are applying:

  • Social Security number and date of birth.
  • Income information such as job, child support or any other sources.
  • Resource or asset information such as checking and savings accounts, vehicles, homes, land or life insurance.
  • Housing expenses such as rent or utilities.
  • Health insurance information.
  • All U.S. citizens applying for, or receiving Medical Assistance, including children, are required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship and identity.

If you still want to apply, follow the link here.