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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — As relief and recovery efforts continue in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, the Florida Department of Children & Families (DCF) announced people hardest hit by the storm will soon be able to receive benefits through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). 
According to DCF, D-SNAP provides food assistance for people and families impacted by Hurricane Ian. Starting on Oct. 10, those living in counties most impacted by Ian will be able to pre-register for assistance. 
These counties include Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Lee, Sarasota and Polk. These counties are included in “Phase One” of D-SNAP. In the coming weeks, DCF will extend pre-registration and telephone interviews to additional counties. You can find those dates below or by clicking here.
DCF says after the 7-day pre-registration phase, applicants will have a phone interview with the D-SNAP call center on specific designated days. 
Online pre-registration for “Phase One” begins at 1 a.m. on Oct. 10 and runs through 11 p.m. on Oct. 16. Anyone applying for assistance must pre-register during those dates. For more information, click here. 
After “Phase One” is complete, DCF says there are two other phases scheduled for D-SNAP benefit registration. Here’s how that breaks down: 
Phase Two
Phase Three
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