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Human Services

Food Assistance Program

Administration

The Food Assistance Program is administered through the United States Department of Agriculture. It is designed to provide a monthly supplemental food budget for qualifying low income households and to promote better health and nutrition. It is speculated that in the United States many families who are eligible for food assistance do not utilize the program. In Muskingum County it is our goal for the Food Assistance Program to provide food assistance to eligible individuals and families and to coordinate our resources with other local agencies who are providers of food assistance to insure hunger is not a problem in our community. Food Assistance Program dollars are issued through the Electronic Benefit Transfer System (EBT). Benefits may be loaded at local food retailers. Income and resource guidelines are an eligibility factor for the program. Able bodied adults who receive food assistance benefits are assigned to an agency Employment Services Counselor to develop a plan for employability to assist in moving the household toward becoming self-sufficient.

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Contact Information

  • For Questions and Answers Concerning EBT
    Call (866) 386-3071
  • For other inquiries regarding the Food Assistance Program you may contact the Muskingum County Job and Family Services Call Center
    Call (740) 454-0161
    (800) 242-0029
  • If you wish to apply for benefits you may complete an online application. This application is good for Medicaid, Ohio Works First, and the Food Assistance Program. Once you have completed filling out the application; follow the instructions to submit the application and it will be sent electronically to our office for processing.
    Online Application


USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

SNAP and FDPIR State or local agencies, and their subrecipients, must post the following Nondiscrimination Statement:

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race,

color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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Job and Family Services supervises the state's public assistance, employment services, unemployment insurance, child and adult protective services, adoption, child care, and child support programs.