Food Assistance Benefits

Food Assistance Benefits Information

Use your food assistance benefits to stretch your food dollar.  Eat a balanced diet: grains like breads and cereals; fruits and vegetables; milk and milk products including cheese and yogurt; and poultry, fish, meat and beans.

How Much?

The amount of food stamp benefits depends on household size, income and certain expenses.

Check here to see what you can buy with $10.00.

How do I qualify?

This Pre-Screening Tool can be used to determine if you may be eligible to receive Food Assistance Benefits.   http://snap-step1.usda.gov/fns/.  This Pre-Screening Tool is not an application for Food Stamps. An application for Food Stamps must be made at your local Food Assistance Benefits Office in Lucas County at 3210 Monroe, 419-213-8999.

Ohio Direction Card

In Ohio paper food stamps are no longer used.  Instead, they’re a plastic Direction Card which is swiped at the grocery store checkout like a debit card.

The Ohio Direction Card can also be used to buy plants or seeds to grow food.

Use the Ohio Direction card to buy fresh produce downtown at the Toledo Farmers Market!

This site does not endorse any specific stores or products.


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