Ohio Food Assistance Program

Ohio’s Food Assistance Program (FAP) — formerly the Food Stamp Program, helps eligible low-income Ohioans stretch their food budgets and buy healthy food.

Food assistance benefits are distributed electronically through the “Ohio Direction Card” that can be spent like cash in most food stores or some farmers markets wherever EBT is accepted.

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Ohio also issues P-EBT benefits for children under 6 out of school due to COVID-19. The benefit amount will be about $6.82 per child for each day. 1

Questions about P-EBT? Call 1-866-244-0071.

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In order to qualify for Ohio FAP, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Live in Ohio
  2. Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
  3. Show proof of identity
  4. Meet certain income guidelines
  5. Have less than $2,250 in resources

As a condition of eligibility, Ohio requires all work-eligible recipients to participate in an approved employment and training program, unless otherwise exempt.

ABAWDs who do not reside in a waived county must comply with special work rules or they will be subject to a three-month time limit on SNAP receipt.

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What is the income limit for food stamps in Ohio? #

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In Ohio, you may qualify for food stamps if your household’s gross monthly income is at or below 130% of the federal poverty guidelines. That’s about $2,380 a month for a single mother of two with no income.

How much are SNAP benefits in Ohio? #

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Benefits may vary depending on a variety of factors, including the household’s size and income. For example, a family of three with no income may receive up to $408 in monthly SNAP benefits.

How do I apply for EBT in Ohio? #

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Application for Ohio FAP can be made online at Benefits.Ohio.Gov or in person at your local county agency. If you are accepted into the program, your benefits are automatically deposited to your EBT account on the same day of each month you are eligible.


The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a yet another nutrition assistance program that provides low-income, elderly individuals with a monthly box of food. CSFP is available in all of Ohio’s 88 counties.


  1. Benefits may change from month to month, depending on how many days your child was remote learning or did not have access to breakfast or lunch at school.