The Food Assistance Program − formerly called food stamps and known nationally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) − helps eligible low-income Ohioans stretch their food budgets and buy healthy food. Food assistance benefits are distributed electronically through the Ohio Direction Card, which is similar to a debit card.
OAC 5101:4-1-15 (G): http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns-nondiscrimination-statement
Do I qualify for food assistance benefits?
You may qualify for benefits if your household’s gross monthly income is at or under 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.
What can I buy with food assistance benefits?
You can use your benefits to buy most food products. Prohibited items include alcoholic beverages; tobacco; vitamins and/or medicines; hot food products that are made to be eaten immediately (including prepared food from grocery stores and restaurants); and non-food items (such as pet food, paper products, soaps and household supplies). You are not allowed to sell or trade food assistance benefits, buy non-food items with your benefits, or use your benefits to buy food for someone who is not a member of your household.
How can I apply for food assistance?
You may apply for food assistance online by clicking online application.
You will need proof of the following:
- Social Security number or proof that you’ve applied for one
- Income (from such things as pay stubs, tax records or child support notices)
- Identity (for example, a driver’s license or state ID)
- Housing and utility costs
- Any child care or dependent care costs
- Any child support you pay for children not living with you
- Any medical expenses (including prescriptions) for those with disabilities or for those over age 60
We may verify the information that you provide by contacting other agencies or people. We may ask you to provide other documents. If you need help getting any documents, be sure to tell your caseworker.
How much are payments?
Benefit amounts are determined based on household size, expenses and, in some situations, resources.
Household size includes the number of people in your household who purchase and prepare food together. Household expenses include your rent or mortgage, gas, electric, water, sewer, phone and medical expenses, as well as any child support or child care payments. Calculate your potential eligibility
When will I receive my food assistance benefits?
If you qualify your monthly benefit will be loaded onto your Ohio Direction Card (EBT) on a regular assigned date sometime between the first and the 20th of the month.