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Posted on: November 24, 2020

[ARCHIVED] One-Time Food Assistance Application Information

The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, through its Community Services Department (CSD), continues to accept applications for one-time food assistance under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act until Nov. 30, at 11:59 p.m.

Eligible residents who experienced a loss of income as a direct result of COVID-19 and who are at or below 140 percent Area Median Income may still apply for food assistance. Food assistance is based on household size, and maximum amounts are listed below.

·        1-2 household members:                    $400

·        3-4 household members:                    $800

·        5 or more household members:         $1,000 

Under the CARES Act, Palm Beach County issues pre-paid debit cards to approved residents to purchase food. Only one card is issued per household, and all expenditures must be made by Dec. 30, 2020. 

In order to qualify for food assistance, applicants must present evidence their household was affected adversely by the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporting documentation such as a most recent pay stub or filed tax return, valid government-issued ID and Social Security card must be provided to prove income eligibility.  

Samples of supporting documentation can be found at

The portal will remain open until Dec. 5, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. for applicants who need to resubmit their applications for food assistance.

To apply for food assistance, visit      

CARES Act Rent and Utility Assistance Portal

The application portal for rent and utility assistance is closed for new submittals but will remain open until Nov. 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. for applicants who need to resubmit their applications.

To view a detailed list of eligibility requirements, visit  For help, watch the ‘How to Apply’ video tutorial at

NonCOVID-19 Rent and Utility Assistance Applications

CSD will be accepting regular, nonCOVID-19-related rent and utility assistance applications beginning Dec. 1. Applicants may apply at when the portal opens on Dec. 1 at 8 a.m. 

For more information, call the CSD’s Contact Center at (561) 355-4792.

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