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DCF opens sites for D-SNAP disaster food assistance in Osceola, Seminole and, soon, Volusia counties

The D-SNAP site in Osceola County is at Heritage Park in Kissimmee. It will be closed Saturday but open up again on Sunday. Photo: Joe Byrnes, WMFE News
The D-SNAP site in Osceola County is at Heritage Park in Kissimmee. It will be closed Saturday but open up again on Sunday. Photo: Joe Byrnes, WMFE News

Low-income households affected by Hurricane Ian can receive money for food from the USDA at locations in Osceola and Seminole counties, and starting Saturday, in Volusia, too.

At the so-called D-SNAP site at Heritage Park in Kissimmee Friday, a steady stream of families got quick service and left with a card loaded with one-month of SNAP benefits.

The Florida Department of Children and Families runs the operation. Assistant Secretary Casey Penn says they've made changes since the long lines after Hurricane Irma.

There's online pre-registation, and people had four days to apply by phone and receive the card by mail.

"So now that we have implemented the telephonic application process," Penn said, "it's greatly reduced the wait time that residents have when the come onsite. And so it's a smoother process this time."

The Osceola site is closed Saturday but open again on Sunday. The Seminole site runs through Sunday at the Oviedo Mall.

In Volusia County, its' Saturday through Monday at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach.

Here are thos current sites in Central Florida:

OSCEOLA
Heritage Park
1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee
Dates: Nov. 3, 4 and 6
Hours: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

SEMINOLE
Oviedo Mall
1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd., Oviedo
Dates: Nov. 4-6
Hours: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

VOLUSIA
Ocean Center
101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach
Dates: Nov. 5-7
Hours: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

In-person D-SNAP sites will be coming soon in Lake and Orange counties, too.

Joe Byrnes came to WMFE/WMFV from the Ocala Star-Banner and The Gainesville Sun, where he worked as a reporter and editor for several years. Joe graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans and turned to journalism after teaching. He enjoys freshwater fishing and family gatherings.