Citizens Lodge Park will be the site of a five-day drive to get people signed up for temporary disaster-related (DSNAP) food assistance. The Florida Department of

Children and Families has set up tents at the park where workers will be helping those in need process requests for such assistance. It will be in operation from Nov. 7-Nov. 11, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. This is not for people who already receive SNAP food assistance, but for people not on the program who need to restock their food supplies because food was ruined due to power outages, if their income was negatively affected by the storm, or for certain other difficulties caused by the disaster.

To find out more on the program set for Nov. 7-11, or to get through the on-site process faster by pre-registering, visit

If you can’t get to the park during the operation, you can apply by phone at 1-855-278-7136, but you must first pre-register online in order to go through the full process. The phone line application process can be completed Nov. 10-11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Nov. 12-13 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Those applying at the park should send only one person for the household. That individual must present a form of identification, and must provide income and asset information regarding everyone in the household. More information is available at the pre-registration online address provided above.

Regular SNAP recipients can get certain forms of disaster-related assistance, but the Citizens Lodge event is for those who do not normally receive that benefit. More information on the special assistance to regular SNAP recipients can be found on the DCF website above as well in the ‘learn more’ section of the site.

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