The Food Assistance Program helps Ohio families and individuals supplement their income to purchase nutritious food.  Food Assistance benefits are issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and managed by County Department of Job and Family Service agencies.  The Federal name for food assistance is SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.   


Food Assistance benefits for eligible recipients are issued on an Ohio Direction Card (debit card).  The benefits are available for use on the same day each month,  according to the county issuance schedule in the county where you reside.  The Ohio Direction Card can be used at all stores that display the Ohio Direction Card logo. 


The Ohio Direction Card has a toll free number for Customer Service (1-866-386-3071). 


Eligibility is determined by your County Department of Job and Family Services and is based on Federal guidelines.





Click here for the Application for Cash, Food and Medical Assistance (JFS 7200)