Health and Public Benefits

Food stamps or SNAP

If you need help paying for food, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also called food stamps, provides extra money to help with your food expenses. 

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Understanding the Basics

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (also known as the Ohio Food Assistance Program or food stamps) helps people buy food and improve their nutrition. If your income is too low for you to buy enough food for yourself or your family, you may be able to get help through SNAP.

SNAP gives you your benefits through an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. It's like a debit card and is used in the same way.  Your monthly income and expenses will determine how much money you get each month. 

If you have children, are a senior or have a disability, you may be able to receive this benefit for as long as you need it. If you are an adult with no children, you may have to meet work requirements to receive SNAP. 

Eligibility for SNAP

Your eligibility can depend on how much money you make and how many people are in your family. Take a look at this chart comparing your income level and family size. 

Your family may be able to get SNAP if someone in your household is a senior or has a disability, even if your income is over the limit. 

How to apply for SNAP

Submit the application for cash, food or medical assistance form to your county's Department of Job and Family Services. You can also apply online at the ODJFS website.

Before you begin your application, gather the following information: 

  • Social security numbers for you and the members of your household
  • Dates of birth for you and the members of your household
  • The amounts of money you and your family members pay for basic living expenses
  • How much money you earn or receive 

In some cases, you may have to go to an interview. Your county's Department of Job and Family Services will let you know if this is the case.

Were you denied food assistance through SNAP?

If your application for SNAP was denied, but you don't think it should have been, you can contact your local legal aid for help.  

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