Follow these guidelines to maintain food assistance eligibility.
Florida's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), often referred to as Food Stamps, requires that all Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWDS), age 18-49, must participate in the SNAP Employment & Training (E&T) program. (Read these Frequently Asked Questions for more information about SNAP and the ABAWD status).
The goal of the SNAP E&T program is to help unemployed recipients of food assistance benefits find work. In Citrus, Levy and Marion counties, CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion oversees the E&T program in partnership with Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).
IMPORTANT: In order to maintain eligibility for food-assistance benefits, ABAWDS must complete 80 hours of work-related activity each month.
If you are required to participate, you will receive a Notification of Mandatory Participation Letter from DEO. Once you have been referred to SNAP E&T, you must complete the following steps to maintain eligibility for food assistance.
Step 1: Complete Online Registration
You will be referred to the One-Stop Service Tracking Center (OSST) to complete your registration and will be required to complete the following steps:
- Online Orientation – Complete within 7 calendar days of your referral date
- Online Assessment - Complete within 7 calendar days of your referral date
- Schedule an Appointment to Come to Our Center – You will have 3 days after work registering to schedule this appointment and the appointment should be completed within 14 days.
Please note: You will have access to OSST after you have completed an interview with the Department of Children and Families and have been approved to receive benefits.
(If you need assistance accessing the Internet or using a computer, please visit your nearest CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion career center to complete the required modules.)
Step 2: Attend a Mandatory Compliance Session
After you have completed the online registration, you must attend an appointment at one of CareerSource CLM's centers. During this appointment, you will:
- Watch a compliance video.
- Receive your first activity assignment.
- Schedule a follow-up appointment with your Career Coach.
QUESTIONS? If you believe you have been referred to the SNAP E&T program in error or need to speak to a DCF representative about the SNAP program, please call 866-762-2237 or sign-in to your MyACCESS account at http://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/