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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 for you.

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:

  • Birth Certificates

  • Social Security cards

  • Pay Stubs

  • Proof of unearned income - for example, child support, alimony, unemployment, social security or SSI

  • Rent Receipts

  • Utility bills

  • Medical bills

  • Day care receipts

  • Bank Statements

  • Car Titles

Monroe County Food Stamp Offices

Key West Service Center
1111-12 St.
Key West, FL 33040
(305) 292-6719

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.



The information provided using this web site is only intended to be general summary information to the public. It is not intended to take the place of either the written law or regulations. Please refer to appropriate agencies or organizations for more complete information.

The FKOC, a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, supports its programs through local, state and federal grants, foundations, and corporate and private donations.

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