I have attached Pat Cunningham’s new Benefits Connection schedule. Pat is mutually supported by Second Harvest Food Bank and United Way of Brevard to assist people with their Food Stamp application including the interview required by the program, submitting documents and verifying case status. In addition, there are benefits that this same population may qualify for, such as Medicaid and KidCare.

ACCESS Florida is the service delivery model for economic self-sufficiency services.  It is based on streamlined workflows, policy simplification and technology innovations.  ACCESS Florida provides enhanced access to services through a combination of Department staff and community providers. Recognized as a national model, this service delivery system offers eligible clients a self-directed path to economic services seven days a week, 24-hours a day through a web application and an integrated voice response system.  This system makes it easier and faster for clients and potential clients to apply and access information about their accounts.

Since the service delivery system is online, some individuals who may qualify for assistance may not be receiving help because they do not have access to a computer or have difficulty using a computer. Pat Cunningham sets up sites throughout the County to reach out to those who are most vulnerable and in the greatest need. I have attached his schedule so that you might refer individuals who need assistance with applying for state benefits.

Donna Peters is also employed by Second Harvest as a Benefits Connection Outreach Worker and has sites in Cocoa, Melbourne, and Palm Bay. You may contact the Benefits Connection Program at (407) 295-2777 to obtain her schedule.

Thank you,


Keith Heinly/  Manager, Community Impact /  United Way of Brevard
 937 Dixon Blvd., Cocoa, FL 32922  /  tel: 321.631.2740 / fax: 321.631.2007 /http://www.uwbrevard.org