What is SNAP?

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is a federal program designed to provide low income families with nutritional food. The goal of SNAP is to ensure the health and well-being of individuals living in these 

low-income households.

How does SNAP work?

Participants receive an EBT card (electronic benefit transfer), which acts as a debit card. Your EBT card will be loaded once a month with benefits that can be used to purchase food at over 246,000 retailers. These stores are authorized to participate and include many supermarkets and superstores.

 

SNAP cannot be used to purchase alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, vitamin supplements,  non-food grocery items such as household supplies, or hot foods.

How effective and efficient is SNAP?

The federal government began providing hunger assistance programs in the late 1960s. Before doing so, hunger and malnutrition could be found in many low-income communities. 

 

Today, in a large part because of SNAP and other nutrition programs, severe hunger is no longer found in large numbers in America. 

 

To promote efficiency, SNAP has one of the most rigorous quality control systems with error rates at record lows. 

What does SNAP cost me? 

SNAP is free to those who qualify.

Do I qualify?

The qualifying levels may change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* some restrictions may apply

How do I apply for SNAP?

Each state designs its own SNAP application process following federal guidelines. In Ohio, the application for SNAP can be found online or you can apply in person at the County Department of Job & Family Services. Once you have completed the application you can submit it electronically, mail it or fax it.

 

After your application has been received you will have an eligibility interview. During the interview you will be asked to show documentation that you are eligible. This will include documentation of your identity, residency, immigration status, household composition, income and resources, and deductible expenses.

Need help applying?  

Contact Jewish Family Service at 513-469-1188 for assistance with the pre-screening and application process. These services are provided at no cost to you.