Apr 2, 2019

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Feb 5, 2018
*NEW* Child Care Change Report form now available on our website.
Oct 13, 2017
The Family and Individual Services Unit has been renamed Public Assistance in order to be more aligned with the services provided to the public
Aug 21, 2017

Kenynia Howard was indicted by a Sandusky County Grand Jury and pled guilty to theft and Medicaid eligibility fraud.           

Jul 22, 2015

The Sandusky County Department of Job and Family Services along with the eight counties listed below implemented a call center know as COLLABOR8. These nine (9) JFS Departments share a telephone and imaging system between counties to service public assistance consumers.

Nov 7, 2012
Child Support Web Portal Now Available

Food Assistance

 Online Benefit Application


ODJFS Benefits provides an easy and quick way for the people in Ohio to apply for benefits OR report changes to an existing case.

***If you need emergency food assistance, please come into the agency. We may be able to issue Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for you that day or give you a food pantry referral.***



The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps people with low incomes obtain nutritious food. SNAP benefits are issued by USDA through county job and family services departments and are used to purchase specific staples and grocery items at participating grocery stores. "The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability and political beliefs."   Eligibility, determined by Sandusky County DJFS, is based on federal guidelines including income and household size. More than 600,000 Ohioans receive benefits from the food assistance program. Household size is the number of people in the household who purchase and prepare meals together. Income is usually based on the most recent average monthly income. Some people may be required to participate in our JOBS program in order to receive food assistance program benefits. While some may meet exemptions, and not be required to work. To find out more contact Sandusky County DJFS.

Link to SNAP Application and State Information
SNAP Pre-Screening Eligibility Tool
SNAP Poster.pdf

Who can get food SNAP benefits?

Households whose gross monthly income is within 130% of the federal poverty level, whose monthly income after all allowable expenses(net adjusted income) is within 100% of the poverty level may qualify for benefits. Income limits do not apply if everyone in the household receives income from Supplemental Security Income(SSI) or Ohio Works First(OWF)

What are allowable expenses?

Allowable expenses are: medical expenses for individuals 60 years of age or older or who are considered disabled; dependent care costs; legally obligated child support; shelter costs(rent, mortgage, property taxes, gas, electric).

What needs to be verified?

At the time of application some items such as income and expenses will require verification. If the household has little or no income, the household may be eligible to receive benefits the day they complete their interview. Normal processing requires that benefits be issued or the application denied within 30 days after the date the application is filed.

How often is your situation reviewed?

Depending on your household's situation, you will have a review(recertification) of your eligibility for SNAP benefits at least once every 12 months.

What can be bought with SNAP benefits?

SNAP benefits can be used to buy food or food products intended for human consumption except alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and hot food and or hot food products prepared to be eaten immediately. You can not: sell or trade food assistance program benefits; buy non-food items; use food assistance program benefits to buy food for someone who is not a member of the household.

SNAP benefits cannot be used to buy:

  • Alcoholic beverages, tobacco and cigarettes, vitamins and medicines.
  • Pet foods.
  • Paper products.
  • Household supplies.
  • Any other non-food items.

Direction Card

SNAP benefits are dispersed through the Direction Card system. Information is enclosed in the plastic card resembling a credit card. At the grocery store check-out counter, the customer enters a pin number and scans the card, the amount purchased is deducted electronically from the individual's or family's total monthly allotment of SNAP benefits. Direction Card Info .pdf

If your card does not work at the store or you get an error message you do not understand, call the Customer Service Helpline: 1-866-386-3071. This number is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. If you are referred to Sandusky County DJFS to have the problem resolved, our agency's hours are Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed on holidays).

***Note: This is only basic information. An accurate determination of eligibility for SNAP requires an application to be filed and an interview to be conducted regarding each household's specific situation.***

Local Area Food Pantry Information:

Sandusky County Emergency Food Pantry
129 Bidwell St.
Fremont, OH 43420
Phone (419)334-8158
Hours: 12pm-2:30pm Mon-Fri(Closed Holidays)
Clyde Food Pantry
803 W. McPherson Highway
Clyde, OH 43410
Phone (419)547-9555
Hours: 9a.m. - 11a.m. and 4p.m. - 6p.m. on Thursdays
Gibsonburg Food Pantry
116 South Main Street
Gibsonburg, OH 43431
Hours: 6:30 pm - 7:30pm on Monday thru Thursday
Must be a resident of the Gibsonburg School District.
Must have a referral from clergy or human services.
Only allowed 6 visits per year.
Bellevue Fish and Loaves
203 Maple St.
Bellevue, OH 44811
Phone (419)484-2814
Hours: 1:00pm - 5:00pm on Wednesdays
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