Food Assistance helps families stretch their food budgets to buy healthy food. The program is designed to increase nutritional levels and safeguard the health and well-being of Allen County residents. Benefits are distributed on a “Ohio Direction Card” which can be used like a debit card at the grocery store.
Healthy people under 60 can also participate in Food Assistance Employment and Training (FAET) while receiving food assistance to help them gain work experience and move toward self-sufficiency.
Ultimately, food assistance helps families meet their basic needs while adults work toward financial stability. Food Assistance (formerly known as the food stamp program) is known nationally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Do I Qualify?
Eligibility for food assistance is complex – based on income guidelines and family size – but both families and individuals may be eligible to receive food assistance.
You may qualify for benefits if your household’s gross monthly income is at or under 130% of the federal poverty guidelines. Some households may qualify if they have incomes over the limit if someone in the household is elderly or disabled. For additional FAQs or to see if you’re eligible, CLICK HERE.
UPDATE: Every year the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) increases the SNAP maximum allotments for all assistance group (AG) sizes. However, this year’s increase was larger than past years based on USDA’s re-evaluation of food costs. The new maximum allotments will be effective October 1st. The new maximum allotments an AG may potentially be eligible for can be found HERE.