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Food Assistance Benefits Program

What is Food Assistance?

Food assistance (formerly food stamps) is a monthly benefit for eligible individuals and families to purchase food. Benefits come in the form of a plastic card called the Ohio Direction Card.

When families use the card at the grocery store, the purchase is automatically deducted from their monthly benefit.

Who is eligible?

Families and individuals can receive this benefit. Eligibility is complex -- based on family size, income, resources and expenses. Healthy people under the age of 60 may have to participate in a work activity to receive benefits. To find out if you may be eligible, use the food assistance calculator.

Applying for benefits

Click here  for instructions on how to apply for food assistance.

  • It may take 30 days to complete your case. Please be patient until that time.


Contact Information

Main Phone: (330) 452-4661
Customer Service Center: 1 (844) 640-OHIO (6446)
Fax:  (330) 451-8925
Address: 221 Third Street SE, Canton, OH 44702

Stark County Commissioners Executive Director
Stark County Job & Family Services
221 3rd St SE
Canton, OH, US 44702
Stark JFS
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