The Food Stamp Program helps low-income people buy the food they need for
good health. You may be able to get food stamps if you:
- work for low wages,are unemployed or work part time,receive welfare or other public assistance payments,are elderly or disabled and live on a small income, or
- are homeless.
The amount of food stamps you can get is based on the U.S. Department of
Agriculture’s Thrifty Food Plan, which is an estimate of how much it costs to
buy food to prepare nutritious, low-cost meals for your household. This estimate
is changed every year to keep pace with food prices.In the Food Stamp Program, a household is normally a group of people who live
together and buy food and prepare meals together. If your household passes the
program’s eligibility tests, the amount of food stamps you get will depend on
the number of people in your household and on how much monthly income is left
after certain expenses (deductions) are subtracted.
For most households, food stamps are only part of their food budgets; they
must spend some of their own cash along with their food stamps in order to buy
enough food for a month.
Applying for Food Stamps
The food stamp office will give you
an application form on the same day you ask for one. You may ask for it in
person, over the phone, or by mail. You can also ask someone else to get one
The office will accept the form on the same day you turn it in, even if they
cannot interview you on that day.
Some of the things you should bring to your interview if possible:
Social Security cards
Proof of unearned income - for example, child support, alimony, unemployment, social security or SSI
Day care receipts
Monroe County Food Stamp Offices
Key West Service Center
Key West, FL 33040
Plantation Key Service Center
88539 Overseas Hwy,
Tavernier, FL 33070
Marathon Service Center
2796 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
The complete list of Children and Families offices in your area is also available.