Food Assistance FAQs

How much will I receive in benefits?

Benefit amounts are determined based on household size, expenses and, in some situations, resources. Household size includes the number of people in your household who purchase and prepare food together. Household expenses include your rent or mortgage, gas, electric, water, sewer, phone, medical expenses, and any child support or child care payments. Household resources include cash, savings and stocks.

When will I receive my food assistance benefits?

If you qualify your monthly benefit will be loaded onto your Ohio Direction Card on a regular assigned date sometime between the first and the 20th of the month. Click here for load days.

What can I buy with food assistance benefits?

You can use your benefits to buy most food products. Prohibited items include alcoholic beverages; tobacco; vitamins and/or medicines; hot food products that are made to be eaten immediately (including prepared food from grocery stores and restaurants); and non-food items (such as pet food, paper products, soaps and household supplies). You are not allowed to sell or trade food assistance benefits, buy non-food items with your benefits, or use your benefits to buy food for someone who is not a member of your household.

Will I have to Participate in Work Programs?

Adults may have to participate. Those required to participate will be notified during the initial interview.

Nutritional Education Classes – SNAP-ED

Nutritional education classes will soon be available in Marion County for Ohioans who receive food assistance benefits. These classes will help you make healthier food choices, learn thrifty shopping tips and choose physically active lifestyles. Classes are available for adults and youth through a partnership between the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and The Ohio State University (OSU) Extension. The program is called SNAP-Ed, for SNAP Education.