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Help Paying for Food

Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services (JFS)

Provides information about food assistance (Ohio Direction Card / EBT), cash assistance, medical assistance (like Medicaid), job training, emergency assistance (PRC), help with paying for child care and more. Each center serves certain zip codes. People outside of Franklin County should visit their local county Department of Job and Family Services. Refugees and immigrants can apply for services as well.

  • East Opportunity Center
    1055 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
  • Northland Opportunity Center
    1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
  • West Opportunity Center
    314 North Wilson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43204

Call (844) 640-6446 to apply for SNAP/OWF cash assistance/Medicaid benefits
Child Care: (614) 233-2000
Medical Transportation: (614) 233-2381
Workforce Development: (614) 212-1800
jfs.franklincountyohio.gov
Self-Service Ohio Benefits Portal: benefits.ohio.gov

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (ODJFS) Office of Family Assistance

Offers several food programs, including the Ohio Direction Card / EBT (formerly known as food stamps) and the Ohio EBT Farmers’ Market Program.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(844) 640-6446
jfs.ohio.gov/ofam/index.stm
Apply online at: benefits.ohio.gov

Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

Helps income eligible pregnant and breastfeeding women, women who recently had a baby, infants, and children up to 5 years of age with nutrition education, breastfeeding education and support, formula and food vouchers. They provide a WIC Nutrition (EBT) Card to use at grocery stores. Call or visit the website to find information on the nearest WIC clinic.
246 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215

  • City of Columbus WIC: (614) 645-7280; call (614) 645-7065 for breastfeeding help
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) WIC: (614) 722-2685
  • Call to find WIC clinic in Ohio: (800) 755-4769

City of Columbus: columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/women-infants-and-children-wic
NCH: nationwidechildrens.org/family-resources-education/health-wellness-and-safety-resources/resources-for-parents-and-kids/nicu-resources/general-information/wic
Ohio: odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/women-infants-children/resources/women-infants-children-description