Food Assistance

The Food Assistance program is designed to raise nutritional levels, to expand buying power, and to safeguard the health and well-being of individuals in low income households in Ohio. A household may consist of an individual or a group of individuals who live together and usually purchase, prepare, and eat their food together.

In order to qualify for the Food Assistance Program, households must meet several program specific requirements including income limits. All able-bodied adults are also required to participate in work program activities.
Click here to calculate your potential eligibility. To file an application online, click here.

Emergency Aid – Helping Families Overcome Barriers to Self-Sufficiency

The Prevention, Retention and Contingency (PRC) program helps employed low-income families overcome immediate barriers to achieving self-sufficiency. This program helps families meet needs required to accept a job offer or retain a job as well as emergency needs that, if not resolved, could threaten the health, safety or well-being of one or more household members. Contact 740-286-4181 if you have any questions.

PRC benefits are available throughout Ohio but vary from county to county based on local needs.  Each county has a PRC plan that covers services and benefits available and eligibility criteria.

In general services could be available to:
• Household with minor child(ren)
• Household income within the guidelines of 200% Federal Poverty Level
• Maximum cap of benefits is $1,000 within a 18 month time period. Caps depend on category of services that you need assistance with
• Limited non-custodial parents
• Household’s without any sanctions or penalties applied to them from any federal programs

Some general services available are:
• Rent, Mortgage and Deposits (Deposits are limited to subsidized housing)
• Utility payments (No heating assistance during the Home Energy Assistance Program is in effect)
• Vehicle repairs for employment
• Training and Tuition costs
• Uniforms and required equipment for employment purposes
• And much more


Cash Assistance

Ohio Works First (OWF) is the financial assistance portion of Ohio's Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. OWF was established to provide time-limited assistance to eligible families.

OWF provides cash benefits to eligible needy families for up to 36 months. After 36 months, a family cannot receive additional cash assistance unless the County Department of Job and Family Services (CDJFS) approves an extension of benefits. The emphasis of OWF is self-sufficiency, personal responsibility and employment. To file an application online, click here.

Health Assistance/ Medicaid

The Medicaid program in Ohio provides medical coverage for certain qualifying individuals and families with limited income. To qualify for Medicaid a person must be a U.S. citizen or meet Medicaid citizenship requirements, an Ohio resident, have or obtain a Social Security number, and meet financial requirements, which vary depending on the program.

The following individuals may qualify for Medicaid coverage in Ohio –

• Children up to 19 years old
• Parents or caretaker relatives of children up to 19 years old
• Some 19 and 20 year olds
• Adults up to age 64 living at or below 138% FPL
Pregnant women
Some women with breast and/or cervical cancer
Adults aged 65 and older 
People with disabilities, including blindness as determined under the Social Security rules
Some immigrants may be eligible for Medicaid 

To find out more, visit our Health Assistance/Medicaid page by clicking here.