We believe every person deserves the dignity of adequate, nutritious food, but millions of Ohioans can't always afford it on their own.
We're here to help.
Find Your Foodbank
Ohio’s 12 Feeding America foodbanks partner with 3,600 local food pantries and meal programs to serve all of Ohio’s 88 counties.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps) can provide funds to help you purchase groceries for yourself and your household. SNAP funds are loaded onto an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which works a lot like a debit card. SNAP can help you stretch your food purchasing and household budgets further, giving you more money to buy fruits, vegetables, dairy, protein, dry goods, and other grocery staples at your local food retailers.
SNAP is an entitlement program – that means that participation in SNAP is based on income eligibility and is not limited to a certain number of people or households. You will not take away food benefits from anyone else by participating. You will put healthy food on the table, you will support local jobs and tax revenue, and you will free up other funds to pay the bills for your household.
Visit benefits.ohio.gov to apply for SNAP today.
Who is eligible for SNAP?
In general, if your household income is below 130% of the federal poverty level, you are likely eligible for SNAP. Here is a quick glance at monthly gross income limits by household size:
|Household Size||130% FPL||Household Size||130% FPL||Household Size||130% FPL|
|3||$2,353||6||$3,809||Each addt’l||+ $484|
How much could my household receive in SNAP benefits?
The amount of SNAP you receive is based on your net countable income, after subtracting basic household expenses like rent and utilities from your gross income. Many households do not receive the maximum SNAP household benefit, but any amount is helpful to stretch food purchasing dollars for yourself and your family.
|Household Size||Max. SNAP||Household Size||Max. SNAP||Household Size||Max. SNAP|
|3||$509||6||$921||Each addt’l||+ $146|
Apply For SNAP
SNAP can provide funds to help you purchase groceries for yourself and your household.
Locate Other Resources & Programs That Help
Home Energy Assistance Programs
The Winter Crisis Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a one-time annual benefit available to renters and homeowners to help heat their homes. Summer Crisis HEAP targets residents over the age of 60 or with certified medical conditions for help with cooling their homes. The Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) can be helpful for households looking for consistent, manageable utility payments to fit limited budgets.
Visit energyhelp.ohio.gov to learn more and apply for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) or enroll in a Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) from the Ohio Development Services Agency.
The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program serves income-eligible pregnant and breastfeeding women, women who recently had a baby, infants, and children up to five years of age. To apply, visit the Ohio Department of Health website or call 1-800-755-GROW.
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides free or reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches to K-12 students. Parents/guardians submit applications for their student(s) to participate in the NSLP directly to their child’s school.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free meals to children when schools are closed and the traditional National School Lunch Program isn’t operating. You can search for sites near you on the Ohio Department of Education’s interactive map or by calling 1-866-3-HUNGRY.
Health Insurance Support
Healthy Start provides coverage for children in low-income households. Healthy Families provides coverage for all families that have at least one child and have very low incomes. To check your eligibility and apply for Healthy Start or Healthy Families, click here.
Other Medicaid programs include coverage for low-income adults and coverage for income-eligible older adults or people with disabilities. To check your eligibility and apply for health care assistance through Medicaid, click here.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act created a portal to shop for subsidized health care plans that can fit into your household budget based on your income. During an annual open enrollment period in late fall, anyone can shop for and enroll in a plan that meets their needs and budget. If you experience a change in circumstances, like a new baby or the loss of employer-provided health coverage, you can enroll during a Special Enrollment Period. To learn more and shop for a plan that’s right for you, click here.