Food Assistance

The Food Assistance Program − formerly called food stamps and known nationally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) − helps eligible low-income families stretch their food budgets and buy healthy food. Food assistance benefits are distributed electronically through the Ohio Direction Card, which is similar to a debit card.

You may qualify for benefits if you’re household’s income meets the program guidelines. Click here to check your potential eligibility.

You may apply for food assistance online (fastest) here or by filling out the Request for Cash, Food and Medical Assistance form and submitting it to Marion County Job & Family Services, 363 W. Fairground St., Marion, OH 43302 or fax to (740) 387-2175.

To process applications quickly, the following information is needed:

  • Social Security Card or proof that you’ve applied for one

  • Proof of Income before taxes for the past 30 days

  • Proof of identity, for example: a driver’s license or state ID

  • Proof of residency, for example: rental receipt or lease agreement

  • Housing and utility costs: current rent/mortgage and utility bills

  • Any child care or dependent care costs

  • Any child support you pay for children not living with you

  • Any medical expenses (including prescriptions) for those with disabilities or for those over age 60


Marion County Job & Family Services may ask you to provide other documents. If you need help getting any documents please notify the agency. Please write your name and case number on your verification documents.