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Food Assistance


As times are tough and kids are no longer recieving school meals, I fully understand the need to protect those who are food insecure due to the global health crisis. I have included some resources below regarding what programs and resources are available.

Food Assistance

• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more commonly known as food stamps, ensures that Americans receive the food they need, especially if they are newly unemployed. Congress has invested in SNAP in the last three bills to help Americans put food on the table during this crisis.

• In order to apply for SNAP, contact the Ohio SNAP Office at 1-866-244-0071 or the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food & Nutrition Services regional offices near you.

• The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC) provides access to nutritious foods to low-income pregnant women or mothers. To see if you are eligible for WIC benefits click here. To learn more about how to apply for WIC click here. To learn about WIC in Ohio, click here.

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Coronavirus Nutrition Response


Food Banks

• Congress has now secured $850 million in emergency funding for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) to help food banks face increased utilization and demand in countless communities across the country due to the coronavirus. Click here for Ohio contacts or find a local food bank near you.

• To find food assistance near you, call the USDA National Hunger Hotline 1-866-3-HUNGRY/1- 877-8-HAMBRE


School Meals

• As more schools close due to coronavirus, Congress has provided emergency funding for Child Nutrition Programs to ensure students can still receive their free or reduced-price school meals during this time. To learn more, click here to learn more about what Ohio is doing during this time.