SNAP Recipients Impacted By Hurricane Sally To Receive Additional Benefits

October 1, 2020

The Florida Department of Children and Families’ announced that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients impacted by Hurricane Sally will receive additional support.

Mass replacements will be issued for SNAP recipients in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties due to the significant loss of power associated with the storm. Fifty percent of each household’s food assistance benefits received between September 1 and September 15 will be automatically replaced, and for those benefits issued between August 16 and August 28, there will be a 25 percent automatic replacement – there is no need to submit a request or attestation.

DCF has also extended the 10-day timeframe for current SNAP recipients to request replacement funds for food items lost during the storm. Through October 6, these households will need to provide a statement attesting to the loss of food purchased with food assistance benefits and documentation that caused the food loss. Replacement benefits cannot exceed the household’s monthly benefit allotment, including additional benefits received for the maximum allotment based on household size.

To request a replacement of food assistance benefits, SNAP recipients should login into their MyACCESS account at or call 850-300-4323 to speak to a call center agent.

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38 Responses to “SNAP Recipients Impacted By Hurricane Sally To Receive Additional Benefits”

  1. Charlene Hawkins on November 10th, 2020 2:55 pm

    I never received any replacement stamps I was told I didn’t have to sign up for the 25%

  2. Andrea Ella on October 9th, 2020 10:04 am

    Ya know what imagine that go cry ! So you want to say “working people” get nothing ??? Your lucky you have a job right now! I worked all my life i have no vehicle or any way to get anywhere to even get the food I have to carry home. Oh yeah wait im disabled with a busted metal plate in my neck and titanium rods in my back cant carry it far……. Ill trade you bet you have a car to go with that job stop bitching because they will replace some not all of the food I lost……

  3. Skipper on October 6th, 2020 3:02 pm

    I called DCF and they have no update on when they will load the cards with benefits from Sally. I then wrote the Governor’s office about our situation in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. We’re totally screwed for hurricane Delta.

  4. Janice White on October 6th, 2020 12:31 am

    When are the replacement stamps
    going to be put on our cards??

  5. Helen schofield on October 6th, 2020 12:17 am

    We need food in my home

  6. Christa Kiefer on October 5th, 2020 7:37 pm

    I am in need food for my kids

  7. Linda Mcgraw on October 5th, 2020 3:17 pm

    Yes me and my family needs help to get food that we lost when we lost power please help me to find out what I need to do to get help for food

  8. Barbara on October 5th, 2020 12:52 pm

    When will people on food stamps get their replacement ones?

  9. Maegan Kramer on October 4th, 2020 11:42 am

    I need food assistance at this time. Thank you

  10. Just sayin on October 4th, 2020 9:01 am

    @ duh. Unfortunately you are incorrect. When I was pregnant with my daughter I went to apply for wic because I was told by several people that all pregnant and breastfeeding women were eligible. Once I arrived I was told that is not correct, there is still income eligibility and I made $50 too much at the time to apply. I breastfed my daughter but eventually had to start using formula because my milk production couldnt keep up. Even then I went back to try to get wic because of the expense of the formula and was told no again. So (at least in santa rosa county) wic still has income eligibility. I always believed what you originally stated as well, I believe a lot of people are mislead.

  11. Duh on October 2nd, 2020 6:25 pm

    Stumpknocker, WIC is not income based. All pregnant or breastfeeding women, children and infants can receive it.

  12. Susan Brooker on October 2nd, 2020 3:05 pm

    i didnt expect hurricane and no one did do my 200 dollars worth of meats went bad after 3 dsys of no power

  13. Allison on October 2nd, 2020 9:35 am

    I love seeing comments of people picking on others who receive “food stamps”..especially the ones who are barely under qualified on their high horse nose so far up in the air. I once was on food stamps with 2 kids, I’m now an RN at Sacred Heart. Stay humble folks.
    I get were upset…our food was ruined as well. But I’m not going to whine and cry. I’m gonna get my butt up and go to work to replace it. We live in FLORIDA. This stuff happens.
    Remember…. you’re whining bc your not receiving free stuff as well.

  14. Danielle A Faircloth on October 2nd, 2020 12:38 am

    When will I get the 50%

  15. Kenneth Daggans on October 2nd, 2020 12:29 am

    I received my snap benefits on sept. 9th I had just made $160.00 in groceries and two days later hurricane sally came and my lights was out four days please replace my benefits emergency

  16. Trixie Ross barfield on October 1st, 2020 10:36 pm

    I was without power for 13 days my power pole broke from the hurricane…the power people would not replace it i had to and it was alot of money. And it left me behind my bills…i just now got my power on 10/01/2020…i am trying to make it all of my food in the refrigerator was bad and I had to throw it all way

  17. Pensacola Mom on October 1st, 2020 9:58 pm

    My food stamps were decreased by $200 today due to “decrease in cost of living”. Interesting because my cost of living hasn’t decreased and food is definitely not cheaper. I guess they had to compensate for giving money for the hurricane. Wish they would have just kept my benefits the same because I am actually losing money now!

  18. Tracy Madison on October 1st, 2020 9:56 pm

    I lost all my food i bought with my food stamps i was with out power for 4 days last month

  19. CJh on October 1st, 2020 7:14 pm

    When is this supposed to happen? To get the 50% replacement benefits.

  20. Henry Coe on October 1st, 2020 6:41 pm


    SNAP is a funding program. The EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer)card is a tool for people to use who get SNAP benefits so they can use the SNAP funds to buy food that is approved.
    There are lots of different programs that function using the EBT card to make purchases.
    This is a much bigger topic than what the article is about. The only caveat I would make to those crying about welfare and being angry at poor folks is that they should really look into what we spend as tax payers on corporate welfare, tax cuts and subsidies. The upper poor and middle class keep getting squeezed but the burden is being added by the wealthy not pulling their weight. The richer they are, the less they are pulling. Why? Because they own the lobbyist who write the Bills that our politicians turn into laws. As my Dad put it, it’s the Golden Rule. Those who have the gold make the rules.

  21. Just a thought on October 1st, 2020 3:50 pm

    @Henry Coe
    Minimum wage jobs were designed to give experience to the younger generation so they have a platform to expand from when they go in to the workforce. They were created for college students who need a little money on the side, high school kids working to get experience, as a second job for people who need/want a little extra income. They were absolutely not made to be a complete income for anyone trying to live off of it or support a family. If you are working a minimum wage job and are having a hard time making ends meet then you need to expand yourself and look at other CAREERS that will help you do so. Minimum wage jobs are not meant to be CAREERS. So no i do not believe that they should raise minimum wage. Working fast food is not worth $15 a hr! And before I get any judgment. Yes I have worked minimum wage jobs, and been a waitress. I was good at it and made good money. But, I also improved myself and worked my way up to a career to be able to support myself before getting married and becoming a stay at home mom. You can do anything you put your mind to and work hard enough towards it.

  22. @mat on October 1st, 2020 3:43 pm

    @mat Because at the exact same time people find out about a hurricane is the same time everyone else is doing this, so there is almost never anything by the time people get their benefits.

    @mat >>>”Canned meats, peanut butter, jam and jelly and bread don’t
    require to be kept cold and are fairly cheap.

    Next time try storing foods that dont require being kept
    cold and your losses wont be so great.”

  23. Ashley on October 1st, 2020 3:38 pm


  24. Angela on October 1st, 2020 3:21 pm

    How do you apply for the food stamp assistance if you lost all your food you just purchased with your food stamps

  25. sandra j knowles on October 1st, 2020 2:55 pm

    i have lost all my food power was out for about 4 days

  26. Stumpknocker on October 1st, 2020 2:53 pm

    @henry coe , people that receive snaps also have an ebt card and some also have wic, plus the children receive free meals at school and some also get fed during school brakes. This whole welfare system is broke, even if the wage went up the welfare system would just lower the bar and I doubt most could balance a budget to begin with.

  27. Suzie B on October 1st, 2020 2:35 pm

    Because we had a FEMA declaration for individual assistance after Ivan, there was a ONE time food replacement benefit for families NOT receiving SNAP benefits. Unfortunately, we have not been given this opportunity due to no individual FEMA assistance in Escambia Co, FL. So many lost everything they had left and had worked so hard to provide. We had frozen our bottled water along with larger bottles of water in advance and were fortunate but so many were not.

  28. mat on October 1st, 2020 12:41 pm

    Someone help me understand.

    Before a hurricane, most people stock up on
    all fridge/freezer foods.

    Its almost guaranteed that power goes out
    for some time during a hurricane.

    As always, this food will go bad unless
    you have a generator and fuel to keep your
    fridge and freezer going.

    Why not stock up on canned foods that dont require
    refridgeration? Milk can be purchased in powdered form
    or in cartons that dont require refrigeration.

    Canned meats, peanut butter, jam and jelly and bread don’t
    require to be kept cold and are fairly cheap.

    Next time try storing foods that dont require being kept
    cold and your losses wont be so great.

  29. Ethel Hodges on October 1st, 2020 11:55 am

    I agree with imagine that’s comments, those already on assistance will get assistance lost replaced, but those on social security, military retirement, and other hard working people that barely make ends meet, because we’re one dallor over limit can’t get any help when it’s our tax dollars that pay for their assistance in the first place. DCF needs to lift income requirements for 60 days to help everyone.

  30. Henry Coe on October 1st, 2020 11:38 am

    Re:Imagine, No. Because minimum wage is so low and people can’t live off of it, lots of people who work are on SNAPs. If you want people off SNAPs then support a living minimum wage.

  31. Imagine that too on October 1st, 2020 11:38 am

    So they are replacing food for ppl that have many free benefits one being free food but not for taxpayers that lost food and that worked through and after the storm…Hmmmm .Well y does that not surprise me?

  32. Blair Holland on October 1st, 2020 11:34 am

    Imagine that. It sounds like you are lumping a lot of people into one category, and that makes you a dumb donkey.

  33. Jlb on October 1st, 2020 11:31 am

    It would be nice if a program could be put in place for those working middle-class. They too lost all of their food and it’s extremely costly to replace everything at one time.

  34. Jon Bittner on October 1st, 2020 11:05 am

    Lost all food in refrigerator

  35. Wanda Jones on October 1st, 2020 10:57 am

    I had just gotten my benefits on the thirteenth and spent a hundred and thirty dollars.

  36. OH SNAP!!!! on October 1st, 2020 10:37 am

    S.N.A.P. aka…. Food Stamps a form of welfare. Tax payer funded

  37. Josh Jones on October 1st, 2020 10:02 am

    Thank you Department of Children and Families for this additional assistance. It is bad enough for folks to go through a hurricane, but to compound that with the loss of food due to power outage is an added burden.

    I am glad that we live in the United States of America, where we can (try to) take care of our poor folks.

  38. Imagine that on October 1st, 2020 9:15 am

    So they are replacing food people got for free, but working people that have to buy it get nothing… Again

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