In the state of Ohio, the Department of Job and Family Services administers several food assistance programs. Among those is the Ohio Food Program, which is known federally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This program is designed to raise nutritional levels, to expand buying power and to safeguard the health of low-income households in the state of Ohio. In order to receive food stamp benefits in Ohio, you must first make sure you’re eligible. You may qualify for benefits if your household’s gross monthly income is at or under 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. If you have questions about your eligibility, there is a convenient online screening tool that you can use to determine if you may be eligible to receive SNAP benefits.
After determining your eligibility, you should apply for food stamp benefits. The easiest way is to apply online. You can also apply with a local county agency. Once you complete the application and interview process and are approved, you will receive an Ohio Direction Card. This EBT card is a safe and easy way to use your food assistance benefits. Benefits will be loaded into your account each month. Simply swipe your Ohio Direction Card at the register and enter your four-digit PIN to make eligible food purchases.
1. What should I do if my Ohio Direction Card is lost or stolen?
If your card is lost or stolen, call the Direction Card Customer Service line at 1-866-386-3071.
2. How can I check my EBT account balance?
To check your EBT account balance, call 1-866-386-3071 or visit them online and enter your account information.
3. What income/resource limits are there to receive SNAP benefits?
A detailed breakdown of income/resource limits is available online.
4. What other food assistance programs are available in Ohio?
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) helps low-income people by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost. The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) helps low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women, new mothers up to one year postpartum, infants, children up to the age of 6 and elderly people with supplementing their diets.
5. Are there items that I cannot buy with SNAP benefits?
Yes. Federal law prohibits you from buying alcohol, tobacco, household items, vitamins and medicines, pet food and hot foods with food stamp benefits.
Contact: Ohio Food Stamps.