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About SNAP (Food Stamps)

About SNAP (Food Stamps)

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.

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SNAP are benefits that help put groceries and food on the table for people experiencing hunger. These temporary benefits are based on income and are issued monthly through an electronic debit (EBT) card called the Ohio Direction Card. Your family can use the benefits placed on the card to purchase groceries at authorized retailers. If you need help applying for SNAP) benefits, we can help!

Individuals may also apply for SNAP and other public benefits such as Medicaid, Medicare Savings for Seniors, Cash Assistance, and Child Care Voucher online at

In the State of Ohio, the SNAP Program is called Food Assistance. Your household must meet certain requirements to be eligible for SNAP and receive benefits.

This project has been funded at least in part with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. 

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