The State of Ohio receives funding through federal grants and adds state revenue to this money to provide government benefits to its residents. These local programs help the Buckeye State’s neediest families. Eligibility is determined by income and in most cases you must be considered low or very low income to apply. Ohio provides food, health care and other basic needs through these statewide programs. Here is a brief look of what each program does and a link to the agency website where you can apply for help or find out more information on each type of assistance.
Ohio residents can seek help to buy food through the state’s SNAP program. If you are looking for food stamps, this is it. Those eligible receive an EBT card called the Ohio Direction Card that provides food assistance that can be used in grocery stores. Apply through the Department of Job and Family Services. Here is a PDF listing of county contact information.
Head Start provides early childhood education to expecting moms and children under the age of five. Finding the one near you is easy. Use the Health and Human Services head start locator to search programs available in Ohio. For any questions, contact the Ohio Head Start Association or call the Department of Education toll-free 1-877-644-6338.
This is the state of Ohio’s children’s health insurance or CHIP program. This provides health coverage for children under the age of 19 who do not have any form of medical insurance. You can easily apply for Healthy Start on the Department of Job and Family Services website. Call the consumer hotline if you have any questions or need help filling out the application at 1-800-324-8680.
Home Energy Assistance
Ohio residents can get help for paying home energy costs through this statewide program. It provides one-time payments and issues vouchers during the coldest winter months. Fill out this application to apply.
School Lunch and Breakfast
This serves a million meals a day inside Ohio schools. Depending on income, the Department of Education provides lunch and breakfast at free or reduced prices. Apply at your child’s school.
Offers milk to kids enrolled in school settings not served lunch. Apply through your child’s school.
Summer Food Service
Serves nutritious meals to school children that receive school lunch during the months when school is out. Meals are provided around local communities through sponsors across Ohio. Use this sponsor search to locate one in your county.
In Ohio, temporary assistance for needy families is called Ohio Works First. Eligible families can receive 36 months worth of cash benefits through the program. You must apply through your local administering agency. Call 1-866-244-0071 to inquire about temporary assistance with the Department of Job and Family Services.
Those that find themselves unemployed at no fault of their own in the state of Ohio can easily file a claim by phone. Call toll-free 1-877-644-6562 between 8 and 5 Monday through Friday. You may also file online at the DJFS website. You must be seeking employment and be available to start working while you receive unemployment benefits.
Ohio’s home weatherization program will boost the energy efficiency of low-income homes, installing insulation and repairing faulty equipment. Fill out this application to apply.
Women, Infants and Children
The federal WIC program provides food assistance, education and access to health care referral for pregnant women and mothers from Ohio with children up to the age of five. Use this WIC clinic listing to find out where to apply locally.
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