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About SNAP (food stamps)

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. It was formerly known as the food stamp program. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. 

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) works with state agencies, nutrition educators and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits. FNS also works with state partners and the retail community to improve program administration and ensure program integrity.

Low-income people with dependent children and some people who are elderly or have disabilities are eligible for SNAP benefits. There is no time limit for SNAP for people with children and people who are elderly or have disabilities.

Benefits are also available to able-bodied adults (ages 18-50) who have no children. However, these individuals must work at least 20 hours a week or meet other work requirements in order to receive food stamp benefits. If adults without dependent children do not meet work requirements, they are limited to three months of benefits in any 36-month period.

In the State of Ohio the SNAP Program is called Food Assistance. The benefits are distributed on an EBT Card, called the Ohio Direction Card.

In order to apply for SNAP you must fall at or below the income guidelines below.  Household size is determined by the number of people you eat, share, or prepare meals with.

# in Household= 1 
Gross Monthly Income= $1244

# in Household= 2
Gross Monthly Income= $1680

# in Household= 3
Gross Monthly Income= $2115

# in Household= 4
Gross Monthly Income= $2,551

# in Household= 5
Gross Monthly Income= $2986

Each additional:
Gross Monthly Income= $435


Check your eligibility online.

Use the Benefit Bank QuickCheck tool to check your eligibility.


Ready to apply?

The Benefit Bank provides a free service to apply for public benefits. 
Apply for SNAP online now at the Ohio Benefit Bank website.


Have questions?

If you have questions about SNAP, or aren't sure where to begin, please contact The Greater Cleveland Foodbank Help Center.