Monica* was in desperate need of food for her family and applied for SNAP benefits (food stamps) during Hurricane Irma. SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is the program formerly known as food stamps. The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) administers this program that helps families in need stretch their food budgets and buy healthy food.
DCF alleged that Monica had fraudulently applied for SNAP assistance due to an error she made on the application. As a result, Monica was automatically ineligible for any SNAP assistance for one year. We represented Monica at a hearing and DCF fought hard to disqualify her from receiving benefits – even providing additional evidence after the hearing. However, the hearing officer agreed with our attorneys and paralegal who handled the case and found that DCF did not prove their case. As a result, Monica will be able to receive more than one thousand dollars in SNAP assistance / food stamps during the year.
*Names have been changed to protect the privacy of our clients.