Job & Family Services
Office of Families Assistance

Bureau of Policy Initiatives
 Food Assistance Section

Phone - (614) 466-4815
Fax - (614) 466-1767

ODJFS is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Food Assistance


Request for Cash, Medical and Food Assistance
Apply with:  County Departments of Job  & Family Services 

 


 

 Ohio Direction Card/EBT
 
Ohio EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) is the electronic distribution of food assistance benefits.  Benefits are accessed with the Ohio Direction Card.  The Ohio Direction Card is similar to commercial debit and ATM cards.  Most Ohio grocery stores accept the Ohio Direction Card.
 
Benefits

  • Safer and more secure than carrying cash or checks
  • Faster payment
  • Convenient and easy to use

EBT Informational Materials: Ohio Direction Card English
EBT Informational Materials: Ohio Direction Card Spanish
EBT Related Links
 

 Ohio EBT Farmers' Market Program

The Office of Family Stability is committed to improve Ohio's Food Assistance Program and the benefits it provides to recipients.  The Ohio Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Farmers' Market Demonstration Project provides food assistance customers access to locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables.  Click here http://jfs.ohio.gov/ofam/EBT%20Farmers%20Market.stm to find out how you can join this project or locate a participating Farmers' Market in your community.

 
 
 
Federal Commodity Food Programs

TEFAP

 

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a Federal program that helps low-income people, including elderly people,by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost.

 

CSFP

 

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women, new mothers up to one year postpartum, infants, children up to age six, and elderly people at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA commodity foods. CSFP is available in a limited area of the state.

 

Food Programs Manual

 

The Food Programs Manual was developed in compliance with federal program guidelines and regulations. The manual impacts state and local administration of both federal nutrition assistance programs. Local level administration is conducted by an emergency food provider network, consisting of approximately 3,000 agencies; i.e. food banks, food pantries and congregate meal sites throughout the state. The network is required to maintain manuals at all sites.

 

Food Safety Recalls
 
The best way for anyone to get email notification of all food recalls is by signing up for free email updates from www.recalls.gov.  This is a one-stop shop for U.S. Government recalls.  We encourage everyone who needs recall information to sign up today!  It's easy.  Follow these few steps and you will receive an instant acknowledgement of your subscription from the Department of Health and Human Services.
 
1.  Log on to www.recalls.gov
2.  Click on the Food tab at the top
3.  Click on "Sign Up for Free Recall Updates by E-Mail" (in red toward top of page)
4.  This takes you to the Department of Health and Human Services signup page, where you will:
 
      a.  Enter your email address and confirm same; and
      b.  Check the box titled FoodSafety.gov Recalls and Alerts under the FoodSafety.gov
           Updates section.

 

State Food Programs

 

Ohio Food Program (OFP) is funded by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services through an annual grant for the purchase and distribution of food products by the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks to eligible households through the Ohio foodbank network. These food items supplement the distribution of food products acquired through TEFAP, private purchase and /or donation. Food items purchased include canned vegetables, applesauce, beef stew, tuna, hot dogs, canned soup, macaroni & cheese, spaghetti sauce and pasta.

 

The Agriculture Surplus Production Alliance (OASPA) develops a statewide link between farmers, growers and food processors who have nutritious, surplus agricultural products, and the Ohio foodbank network, and strengthens the infrastructure of the emergency food providers through capacity building. Funded by the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services through the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks, this partnership provides fresh processed Ohio-grown products to eligible persons and supports enhancements to the emergency food provider to improve storage and distribution systems. Fresh products include fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs and meat, all Ohio grown!

Related links
Feeding America  Find food banks that are in the area and guidelines for the progams.
Food and Nutrition Services Locate food nutrition programs that help children and low-income people to resources in the area of health and nutrition education.
Ohio Department of Aging
Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program 
Find what counties the farmer markets can be found along with guidelines for eligibility.
USDA/Farm Service Agency Information that helps stabilize farmers income, helping them with resources.
USDA/Food Safety and Inspection Service  Information on Food Safety Inspection Services (FSIS).
USDA/FNS CSEP  Find information on the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.
USDA/FNS TEFAP  Find information on the Emergency Food Assistnace program.
WIC - Women Infants, and Children  Locate supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children who are found to be a nutritional risk.