Eligibility for Food Pantry Assistance
COVID-19 UPDATE: ODJFS has temporarily increased the income eligibility for food pantry support to 230% of the federal poverty level. Please click here to view the amounts.
Have you wondered how to qualify for food? In Ohio, income eligibility for assistance is determined by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. Any household living at 200% of the federal poverty level or less is eligible to visit the LSS Food Pantries. Zip code or neighborhood does not determine eligibility. Scroll down for more information.
Income guidelines, based on family size, are updated annually by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. The links below go to documents with tables that show yearly gross income for each family size. If your household income is at or below the income listed for the number of people in your household, you are eligible to receive food.
- ODJFS04224 Eligibility Guidelines English
- ODJFS04224 Eligibility Guidelines Spanish
- ODJFS04224 Eligibility Guidelines Somali
- ODJFS04224 Eligibility Guidelines Russian
How to Receive Assistance at the LSS Food Pantries
If you qualify for food pantry assistance, please read below for more information before visiting a pantry.
Franklin and Delaware county residents
Franklin and Delaware County residents do not need a referral. They can visit www.lssfoodpantries.org to place an order and make an appointment for a pick-up date and time. If you need assistance, please call our help desk at 877-LSS-MEAL weekdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fairfield County residents
Call (740) 687-0500 for a referral before arriving at the pantry.
Caldwell or Southeast Ohio mobile food pantries
Call (877) 704-3663 for a referral before arriving.
Referrals can be made one week prior to visitation date.
Clients must bring photo ID for the head of household to each visit.
Proof of address needs to be shown at the first visit and will be verified annually after that.
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, disability, age, 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.
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