Written by Vanessa Wit
The Food Stamp program was brought about to aid families who need help in meeting their monthly food needs. At one point in time, food stamps were actually stamps which displayed a dollar amount. Now food stamps are in the form of EBT or debit cards. This is a much more efficient and easier way to distribute and monitor funds.
Families then use these cards to supplement their monthly grocery expenses. Only authorized stores can accepted these cards. In addition to the use of these food stamp debit cards, there are many other ways to save on your grocery bills (stretching your food stamp funds) such as coupons and making sure to take advantage of promotions.
There are a few ways to apply for food stamps in Ohio
Food Assistance is available for low income families that need help meeting their monthly grocery expenses. Food stamps are just one way to help with food costs. Some other ways include shopping during store or brand promotions at your local stores. Cutting and saving coupons found online, in newspapers, on social media sites, or given out by manufacturers. Some local stores in Ohio even allow you to double the value of your coupons, maximizing your savings at the register.
If you are trying to determine if your income level makes you eligible for food stamps, this may help. Your household income cannot exceed 130% of the poverty level (as determined by the government). What does this mean exactly? Well, for example, a family of four's household gross income cannot exceed $27,560). This income line does change from time to time, so be sure to check with your local government office to check on income requirements.
Be sure to fill out all information on the application to the best of your ability. You will be asked to include copies of your proof of income (pay stubs), proof of citizenship or social security card, if pregnant - you need a note from doctor, verification of rent/mortgage cost, utility costs, child care expenses and any insurance proof. You will need to bring the social security card or proof of citizenship for everyone in your household that does not work as well.
Food Stamps and assistance funds are distributed through an Ohio Direction Card. This card acts as a debit card. The Ohio Direction Card can only be used at authorized Ohio stores and only on eligible food items.
To maximize what you are bringing home from the store, shop smart. Use any coupons you can and double up when possible. Shop during promotions too. You can find the best deals and the most recent promotions on Grocery Coupon Network. We allow you to search for coupons and promos by brand, category and even store. You can search your local stores specifically.
Some items you cannot purchase with your Ohio Direction Card include household items, tobacco products, newspapers, magazines, medicine, paper goods, vitamins and alcoholic drinks to name a few. There are other ways to save on these products. Use Grocery Coupon Network as your resource to save more on products you want and need. Deals, offers, promotions and coupons are updated daily on the nationwide and local level.
You can even find awesome tips on how to best organize and use your coupons to save more. Check back often as we are constantly adding more to the site in the effort to help you save money at the register. We would love to hear your feedback as well. If you know of any great coupons or promotions happening in your local Ohio store - please let us know. Help us make Grocery Coupon Network the best online couponing website around.
If you are or have used Food Stamps in Ohio, please let us know your experience. We would love to share your thoughts with others in Ohio that are just starting out with the Food Assistance program.
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