History and Overview

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History and Overview

2002: Getting Started

A Philadelphia-based public policy and information technology firm, Solutions for Progress, initiated The Benefit Bank® (TBB™) as a nationwide effort to reduce poverty by making the benefit application process easier to navigate.

2006: Ohio Takes the Lead

In early 2006, the National Council of Churches, the Jewish Council on Public Affairs, and several other national organizations chose Ohio as a pilot state for TBB. In late 2006, the Ohio Association of Foodbanks became the lead implementer of TBB in Ohio. The association was granted 12 AmeriCorps VISTA members from the Corporation for National and Community Service to support the growth of the OBB.

2007: A Lasting Partnership

Governor Ted Strickland created a director of the OBB within the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

2008: eGateway is Launched

This tool connected the OBB with local Job and Family Services offices, allowing OBB applications to be electronically submitted directly to their case managers.

2009: The OBB Mobile Express Hits the Road

The Columbus Foundation funded the OBB Mobile Express, allowing trained OBB counselors to complete applications in the field. Equipped with a satellite for Internet connectivity, the OBB Mobile Express breaks down barriers, even in parts of the state where Internet access is not available.

2010: OhioBenefits.org Becomes New Home to the OBB

This website is the online portal that connects Ohioans to applications they can complete on their own.

2011: More than $500 million in Tax Credits and Work Support Programs

Current Results: A Statewide Movement!

To date, the OBB has helped more than 1 million Ohioans gain access to tax credits and potential work supports worth more than $1.9 billion!  Watch the OBB Transforming Communities Celebration Video.

You can view more detailed statewide results here. We also invite you to view outcomes and results from each of our 12 member foodbank networks:

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