How to Apply for Food and Cash Assistance

Visit or contact your local Department of Children and Families office by calling (866) 762-2237.


Overview and Expectations

Individuals determined eligible by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and to receive cash or food assistance benefits are required to work with CareerSource Capital Region to remain compliant for benefits. Please review the roles and responsibilities of each agency so you are aware of which agency to contact if issues should arise.

Department of Children and Families (DCF)

  • Accepts and reviews applications for cash and food assistance benefits
  • Determines eligibility and the amount of benefits
  • Refers eligible individuals to CareerSource Capital Region for participation in mandatory work programs (includes exemptions and exceptions)
  • Processes requests for and schedules fair hearings and case reviews

To contact the Department of Children and Families regarding cash or food assistance call Toll-Free 1 (866) 762-2237 or visit

CareerSource Capital Region

  • Administers mandatory work programs including Welfare Transition (WT) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Employment, and Training (SNAP E&T)
  • Facilities orientation and activities for mandatory work programs
  • Assigns program activities for ongoing compliance. Activities may include job searching, education, and training
  • Tracks participation in work activities and reports non-compliance to the Department of Children and Families
  • Determines required steps for non-compliance (to avoid or comply with a sanction request)

Call (850) 617-4506 regarding mandatory work program participation.


Call (850) 922-0023 to request more information or to inquire about the status of your benefits.