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Food Assistance

SNAP Program Helps Qualifying Families Meet Nutritional Needs

Families may qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to help meet their nutritional needs. Eligible families are issued an electronic debit card, which can be used for food at participating stores.

To qualify for SNAP, your household income must not exceed 130 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. You can find out if you may qualify by using the eligibility calculator.

The easiest way to apply is from a home computer or from your local library by going to benefits.ohio.gov. You can find an application for SNAP benefits online, or simply fill one out at The Job Center, 1111 S. Edwin Moses Blvd., Dayton.

What to bring to determine eligibility:

  • Identification
  • Proof of Social Security number or proof of application for Social Security card
  • Proof of alien status if you are not a U.S. citizen
  • Proof of household income

The amount of assistance will vary based on family size and other factors, and your caseworker may ask for additional verifications. Able-bodied adults may be asked to complete a work requirement in exchange for their assistance.

You can buy food, as well as seeds and plants to grow food using your Ohio Direction Card.

Examples of things you cannot purchase:

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tobacco products
  • Medicines
  • Pet food
  • Paper goods, cleaning supplies, household items

There is a new 20-day issuance schedule for new or interrupted Food Assistance benefits. Click here for information on when to expect your benefits to be loaded onto your card.

Replacement Benefits Due to Power Loss
If you have an existing SNAP case and a loss of power or four or more hours caused your SNAP food to spoil, you can apply for replacement benefits.  You need to fill out this form. It can be faxed to 937-496-3306 or emailed to mcdjfs@jfs.ohio.gov. Additional details on applying for replacement SNAP benefits can be found here.

Produce Perks
You can now use your EBT card at local farmer's markets and get $1 in free produce for each dollar you spend (up to $20). There are eight participating Produce Perks locations within 25 miles of downtown Dayton. Three are open year-round, and others begin service in May or June and conclude in the fall. Location specifics and other program details can be found at www.produceperks.org.

Click here for more information on SNAP, or go to the USDA's SNAP site for helpful links, recipes and an Ask the Expert database. In line with USDA standards, Montgomery County has adopted the USDA Nondiscrimination Statement.