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What's New in the Food Assistance Program

Effective November 1, 2009 the $25 per week supplemental Unemployment Compensation Benefit (UCST on AFMI) is no longer considered countable income in a food assistance budget. See Transmittal P-09-12-0020 dated December 7, 2009.

Beginning in the budget month January 2010 the FLORIDA System no longer budgets UCST in any program budget.
Food assistance budgets with UCST income in November and December have been recalculated to reflect this policy change. The difference, not to exceed $49 per month, will be deposited into the EBT accounts of affected food assistance households during the week of January 18. These auxiliaries will be show on IQFS and CLRC will be notated. November benefits should be available the evening of January 21 and December benefits the following day. Reason code 988 will display on IQFS for the November auxiliary and reason code 989 will display on IQFS for the December auxiliary. These are system generated codes.

Food assistance benefits may increase October 1, 2010, for people who pay for utilities. If you were getting the maximum benefit amount for the size of your household, your benefits will not change. If you have questions about this change, please check your MyACCESS Account after September 18, 2010 or call 1-866-762-2237.


On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Most families on food assistance will see their benefits go up by about $20 per family member beginning in April 2009.

For more information please click here - New Food Assistance Information

If you are receiving Food Assistance, please check your My ACCESS Account after March 21, 2009 to see how this change has affected your benefits.


As of Oct. 1, 2008, SNAP is the new name for the federal Food Stamp Program. It stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and reflects the changes made to the program, including a focus on nutrition and an increase in benefit amounts. As of July 1, 2010, Food Assistance Program is the new name used in the State of Florida.