Need Help Paying for Groceries?

You may be eligible for food assistance through SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). SNAP helps eligible Ohioans stretch their food budgets and buy healthy food. 

 

Who is eligible for SNAP? College students? Work study students? International students?
How can I apply for SNAP if I am eligible?

To find out how to apply, or for other questions about your SNAP eligibility, contact your local SNAP office or schedule an appointment with the Advocacy and Resource Center (ARC) and we can assist you.

Applicants can

To find out how to apply, or for other questions about your SNAP eligibility, contact your local SNAP office or schedule an appointment with the Advocacy and Resource Center (ARC) and we can assist you.

Applicants can apply online.

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What documentation and information will I need to apply?

This information will be needed at the time of application:

  • Financial aid award letter or Student Aid Report (from FAFSA) if you are a student
  • Social Security number
  • Date of birth
  • Household income
  • Cost of your rent or mortgage, utilities, property taxes
  • Cost of day care for a child or other dependent, if applicable

A copy of these documents will need to be submitted within 30 days of applying:

  • ID
  • Pay stubs for the last 30 days
  • Lease and utility bills
  • School schedule
  • Financial Aid award letter
What are the new temporary changes to SNAP?

You may be eligible if you have a 0 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on your FAFSA (financial aid application) or if you are eligible for a work study job. (Contact Student Financial Aid or the ARC if you are unsure if you meet one of these exemptions.)

The new, temporary exemptions do not impact any other student exemptions. All current student eligibility exemptions remain in effect.

What are the Student Exemptions?
  • Are 17 years old or younger, or 50 years old or older;
  • Are physically or mentally unfit (have a disability);
  • Receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits;
  • Are enrolled in a TANF Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS) program;
  • Work at least 20 hours a week in paid employment;
  • Participate in a state or federally financed work study program;
  • Participate in an on-the-job training program;
  • Care for a child under the age of 6;
  • Care for a child age 6 to 11 and do not have adequate child care enabling you to attend school and work 20 hours a week or participate in work study;
  • Are a single parent enrolled full-time in college and taking care of a child under 12; or
  • Are assigned to or placed in a college or other institution of higher education through:
    • A program under WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014);
    • A program under Section 236 of the Trade Act of 1974 (Trade Adjustment Assistance Program);
    • An employment and training program under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (SNAP E&T); or
    • An employment and training program for low-income households operated by a state or local government, so long as the program has at least one component that is equivalent to a component under SNAP E&T.
How can SNAP be used?

Food assistance benefits are distributed electronically through the Ohio Direction Card, which is similar to a debit card. Benefits can be used to buy most food products. SNAP cannot be used to buy alcohol, tobacco, medicine, hot food products that are made to be eaten immediately (including prepared food from grocery stores and restaurants), and non-food items.

What other resources are available to students who qualify for SNAP or are experiencing hunger?
Who can I contact for more information?

The Advocacy and Resource Center (ARC) can help prescreen you for eligibility and any questions or concerns you may have. Contact the ARC at (440) 366-4272.

Please schedule an appointment or contact the ARC at (440) 366-4272.