Program DescriptionThe Ohio Food Assistance Program (federally known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP) is designed to raise nutritional levels, to expand buying power, and to safeguard the health and well being of individuals in low-income households in Ohio. A household may consist of an individual or a group of individuals who live together and usually purchase, prepare, and eat their food together.
General Program RequirementsYou may qualify for benefits if your household's gross monthly income is at or under 130 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines. Some households may qualify if they have income over the limit if someone in the household is elderly or disabled. If your household's income is under the limit, or if the limit does not apply, we then review your household expenses to determine your monthly benefit amount. The expenses we review include such things as rent or mortgage costs, gas, electric, water, sewer, phone, medical expenses, and payments for child support and child care. In determining whether you qualify, we will also look at the number of people in your household who purchase and prepare food together. In special situations, resources such as cash, savings and stocks also are considered when determining whether a person is eligible. To have 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines means your annual household income must be less than $14,079 if one person lives in the household; $18,941 if two people live in the household; $23,803 if three people live in the household; $28,665 if four people live in the household; $33,527 if five people live in the household; $38,389 if six people live in the household; $43,251 if seven people live in the household; or $48,113 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $4,862 for each additional person in the home.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessContact your local SNAP administering agency to apply for this program:
Program Contact Information
To learn more information about Ohio SNAP, please visit: http://jfs.ohio.gov/ofam/foodstamps.stm
You can speak with a representative at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services regarding the program by calling: 614-466-6282
A useful fact sheet (pdf) describing the program can be found at: http://jfs.ohio.gov/families/food/index.stm