Food Assistance Program

About the Food Assistance Program

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


Applications can be processed:

  • By mail at: P.O. Box 600 Youngstown, OH 44501-0600
  • Delivered in person at Oakhill Renaissance Place, 345 Oakhill Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44502
  • Faxed to: 330-740-2617
  • Online at the state website (see How to Apply)

Expedited Food Assistance may be available to those with income of less than $150/month. A photo ID is required.

Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Card

The EBT card allows individuals to receive food assistance benefits electronically. The benefits are deposited into the recipients' account each month. Using a magnetic strip card similar to a debit card, recipients swipe their card through Point of Sale devices at checkout counters where accepted. After entering a PIN (Personal Identification Number), the amount of the food is deducted electronically from the recipients' SNAP account.