The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) has applied for a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend assistance cards to individuals enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) who lost food because of the June 29th storm.
ODJFS has asked to replace 15 percent of the monthly benefits for 45 of the state’s hardest hit counties.
Counties included are as follows:
Logan, Champaign, Shelby, Auglaize, Allen, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Coshocton, Fairfield, Franklin, Gallia, Greene, Guernsey, Hamilton, Hancock, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Knox, Lawrence, Licking, Meigs, Mercer, Miami, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Paulding, Perry, Pike, Preble, Putnam, Ross, Scioto, Van Wert, Vinton, Warren, Washington and Wyandot.
Ultimately, the federal government may reduce the number of eligible counties or the amount of the replacement benefit. SNAP benefits are 100 percent federally funded.
Individuals with questions about replacement SNAP benefits should contact their county department of job and family services.
All 88 county departments of job and family services are issuing July SNAP benefits according to the normal schedule.