• What is ACCESS Florida?

ACCESS Florida is a program run by the Florida Department of Children and Families. The abbreviation “ACCESS” stands for “Automated Community Connection to Economic Self Sufficiency.” In other words, the ACCESS program is designed to provide assistance to those in need.

Many people associate ACCESS only with food assistance, but there are actually several branches of the ACCESS Florida program. Here is a brief description of the services offered as part of ACCESS.

Food Assistance

One large part of the ACCESS program is food assistance. There are two forms of food assistance offered. The basic assistance is there to help anyone in the state of Florida who is on a low income and needs help buying healthy food to feed themselves and the people that they live with, which is usually immediate family such as their children.

Basic food assistance is provided for a period of between three months and three years, depending on how much help an individual or family needs. The length and amount of the benefits will be determined by the household income and expenses, as well as a few other factors.

The second part of the ACCESS Florida food assistance program is called SUNCAP. It was created specifically to assist Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients. However, those on SSI may actually be eligible for both food programs and may choose to only receive basic assistance, rather…

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