Food Assistance

·           How can I get emergency food assistance (food basket or box)?

  • Fairfield County 211: Can assist with providing a referral for an emergency food order. They can be contacted by dialing 211 or (740) 687-0500 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Community Action: Once a month a customer may request a food box by calling (740) 653-4146 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30  p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Expedited Food Assistance: All food assistance applications will be screened for expedited food assistance. If it is determined that your application is expedited, you will have your interview conducted within one business day.   


Could I be eligible for the Food Assistance Program?

*Your eligibility for Ohio Food Assistance benefits depends on your gross income (before taxes), your household size, shelter expenses, current assets and other factors.

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How do I apply?

  • Complete and submit the following application: click here or apply online
  • In person at our agency during regular business hours (Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
  • By mailing a completed application: FCJFS 239 W. Main St. Lancaster, OH 43130
  • By dropping a completed application in the agency drop box located in the front of our building, open 24 hours.
  • By faxing a completed application to 740-689-4848

What verifications are needed?

  • Identification (Drivers License or State ID)
  • Proof of citizenship, or alien registration card/I-94
  • Social Security Card
  • Proof of all income (employment, child support, disability, unemployment, etc.)
  • Proof of housing (rent/mortgage) costs
  • Proof of utility costs
  • Proof of medical costs if age 60 or older, or if disabled
  • Proof of disability (if applicable)
  • Additional verifications may be requested or required

What happens after I submit my application?
  • We will call you to conduct an interview over the phone. We also offer face to face appointments for you or your Authorized Representative Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:00 pm.
  • If you cannot conduct your appointment during regular business hours, you will receive a telephone call to complete an interview by telephone.
We are required to determine eligibility within 30 days of your application.

For additional information on the food assistance program please click here