Marion County

Job & Family Services


363 West Fairground Street

Marion, OH 43302-1759


(740) 387-8560   /   (740) 387-2175 Fax


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Please Remember                Marion County Job & Family Services, Child Support, and OhioMeansJobs - Marion County, including the Resource Room, will be closed on Monday, September 1st  in observance of Labor Day

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Kicks for Kids!

Marion County Job & Family Services will be administering the Kicks for Kids project which is a Prevention, Retention & Contingency (PRC) program.

This project will utilize PRC funds to assist with purchasing school shoes for youth attending kindergarten through 12th grade. Eligibility is limited to minor children who have not attained age 19 and are full-time students in a primary or secondary school. Youth who will be in pre-school or who are home-schooled are not eligible.

Applications will be accepted during normal business hours. Applications (complete with all documentation) must be submitted no later than August 15th 2014. Eligibility will be determined on a first come first served basis until the amount of funds budgeted for this program has been exhausted or August 15th 2014, whichever comes first.

Who is Eligible?
To be eligible: Youth (kindergarten through 12th grade) must be enrolled and attending school. Pre-school and home schooled youth are not eligible). Applicant’s household income must be less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (shown below) as determined by any one of the following methods:
• Your family currently receives OWF cash assistance. OR
• Your family currently receives Food Assistance. OR
• Your family’s gross earned and unearned income from all sources, for the previous 30 days was less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines as listed below.

Household Size ~ 200%  -----  Household Size ~ 200%
              2             $2,622                       7            $6,005
              3             $3,299                       8            $6,682
              4             $3,975                       9            $7,359
              5             $4,652                      10           $8,035
              6             $5,329                                                 Each additional person add $676.

Gross Monthly Income (Income before Deductions).
Eligibility based on 200% of the 2014 Health & Human Services Poverty Guidelines. (Published January 22, 2014)

Income eligibility may also be verified by the following method: Receipt of public assistance (OWF and/or Food Assistance) during the 30 days prior to the date of application.

Scope of Services:
Maximum amount is up to $75.00 per eligible child. Must purchase school shoes (includes fitness shoes and boots). Please note: Receipts for purchases will be reviewed and non-allowed purchases will be pursued through the overpayment collection process.
Approved households will receive a voucher (or card) amounting to $75.00 per eligible child.
This project is for In-Store Purchases Only.

Applicants will need to select from the following vendors to purchase the shoes:
• Walmart: 1546 Marion-Mt Gilead Rd Marion
• Scioto Shoe Mart: 206 Jamesway Rd. Marion
• Payless Shoe Source: 1230 Mt Vernon Ave, Marion
• Kohl’s Department Store: 400 McMahan Blvd, Marion

How do I Apply?
You may
click here to download an application.
Or applications are available at Marion County Job & Family Services:
363 West Fairground Street.
Marion, Ohio 43302
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Applications will ONLY be accepted through August 15th 2014 (or until funds are expended, whichever comes first).
Applications must be signed by the parent or guardian and can be submitted in the following manner:
• In person during normal business hours listed above
• By fax to 740-387-2175
• By mail (Caution: If the application is mailed, it must be received by the agency on or before August 15th 2014.

Applications will be processed on a first come first served basis until the amount of funds budgeted for this program has been exhausted. Due to the limited funding, eligibility does not guarantee approval.

Additional Information
• Vouchers (or cards) will be issued only to those with an approval letter for school shoes and a picture ID.
• Due to the volume, inquiries regarding the status of an application may not be returned unless 30 days have passed after the date of application.
• The agency has 30 days to process each application and cannot guarantee to anyone that his/her application will be processed before school starts for his/her child.
Please do not call to check on the status of your submitted application as staff will be busy with the processing. You will receive a letter or a phone call when eligibility is determined



Website & Call Center Options

Customers of Marion County Job & Family Services who need information about their case or need to complete their applications for benefits are able to obtain a quicker response by way of a toll free call center which is a partnership between seven counties and the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services.

Customers can apply for Ohio Works First, Food Assistance, and some Medicaid programs online, wherever they can access the internet.  Changes to individual case information may also be made online.

Just go to and click on either "Am I Eligible?", "Apply for Benefits", "Application Status", or "My Case".  The site is quick, easy, and secure.

Individuals who submit an application will then call 1-855-275-3537 (1-855-ASK-DJFS) to be interviewed or to speak to a customer service agent about their case.  It is preferred that applications be submitted directly via the website but can also be submitted by fax to (740) 387-2175 or mailed to Marion County JFS, 363 West Fairground Street, Marion, OH 43302-1759.

For Child Support, please continue to call (740) 387-6688, and for OhioMeansJobs - Marion County, including the Resource Room, please continue to call (740) 382-0076.




If You Receive Food Assistance,

Please Read This Important Information


Currently Food Assistance in Marion County loads on your Ohio Direction Card during one of the first 5 days of the month, as determined by your case number.  

Effective April 2014, Food Assistance in Ohio, including Marion County, will load on your card during one of the first 20 days of the month, as determined by your case number. This change will be staggered and is further explained within this flyer:  Food Assistance Issuance Changes



Are You Eligible For Medicaid?

Just go to Benefits.Ohio.Gov to find out.


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First Energy Fuel Fund

Marion County Job & Family Services is accepting applications for the First Energy Fuel Fund Grant at OhioMeansJobs - Marion County (Marion Connections), 622 Leader St., Marion, OH 43302.

These funds are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.  Applicants must be customers of Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company, Ohio Edison Company, or Toledo Edison Company.  Only applications with all required documentation will be accepted.  They will be date stamped and processed in the order they were received.

Applicants can be seen in our office Tuesdays: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or Thursdays: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  We can also assist applicants by telephone; however, they will have to visit OhioMeansJobs - Marion County to complete the application process.

General Guidelines:

Individuals, couples, and families are all eligible.  There is no specific county of residency requirement.

The income ceiling for this program is 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). (Review 200% FPL Chart).

Applications may be picked up in our office, mailed, faxed or printed from the link below.  Please feel free to call OhioMeansJobs - Marion County at (740) 386-1080 for assistance.

Verifications Needed:

1.  Proof of ID for the applicant:

  • Drivers License, Photo ID Card, Passport

  • SS Card

2.  Proof of income for everyone in the home:

  • Past 4 weeks of current pays, unemployment, child support, social security, and any other income.  If no income, an affidavit must be completed (we will provide the affidavit).

3.  Electric Bill:

  • Termination notice or most recent bill (must show past-due balance or be submitted after the due date).

4.  Applicants must have made a sincere effort of payment in the last 90 days (no minimum payment).

5.  Verification the applicant has applied for HEAP/EHEAP. Do not let this requirement stop you from applying.

For any questions, please call (740) 382-0076.

Click on: First Energy Fuel Fund for the application.


Mission Statement

In partnership with the community, we provide services that support adults, children, families and the  elderly, and promote workforce development  contributing to skilled, healthy individuals, and a  stronger community.


Non-Discrimination Statement

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability or political beliefs. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call 202-720-5964 (voice or TDD.) The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


This is the official website of Marion County Job & Family Services.  For issues or questions regarding the website, please contact us by e-mail: MarionCounty@JFS.Ohio.Gov

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