Food Assistance

Food Assistance helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for healthy living and a balanced diet. The Food Assistance program can help stretch your food dollars. Food Assistance eligibility is based on income and resources depending on age and household size.

The Food Assistance program is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA has a website called “Food Assistance Step 1“. Visit the website to see if you may be eligible for Food Assistance and how much you might receive.

Food Assistance Fact Sheet:

Replacement Benefits:

Direction Card

Food Assistance benefits in the state of Ohio are issued utilizing a “card” system, similar to a credit card, known as the Ohio Direction Card. Once determined eligible for the Food Assistance program, a customer is issued a Direction Card. The Direction Card can only be used by the person who knows the personal identification number (PIN). Once Food Assistance benefits are issued, the card can be used throughout the state of Ohio at any grocery vendor that is equipped for the Direction Card.

The Food Stamps program in Ohio no longer uses paper Food Stamp coupons. Ohio now employs an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system. Ohio EBT replaces food stamp coupons with a plastic card called the Direction Card. The Direction Card can be used to buy eligible groceries at stores taking part in the Ohio EBT Program. The card is very easy to use and is accepted at a wide variety of stores in Clermont County. Fact Sheet.

Click here to download an application.

Apply online here.

2021 Income Guidelines:

Missed your scheduled appointment?

If you missed your Intake appointment,  you can call Monday – Friday 8 am – 9:00 am 513-732-7200 to complete your interview.  Your application is good for 30 days from the date it was submitted.

Review Appointment

If you missed your Review appointment you may call 513-732-7111 Monday – Friday 8:00am to Noon, option 1 and get rescheduled to complete your missed Review appointment.


Click below for required communication documents for Ohio Works First, and Refugee Cash Assistance programs.

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