Applying for Benefits Has Never Been Easier!
Call the Cleveland Foodbank and apply over the phone!
The Cleveland Foodbank understands that times are tough and money is tight for many Northeast Ohioans. In order to help, the Foodbank started a new benefit outreach program to make the application process quick and easy for over 20 programs, including SNAP (food stamps), prescription benefits, child care vouchers, WIC, medical coverage, and other assistance programs.
We have a team of Benefit Counselors that can assist you through the application process over the phone and Outreach Counselors located throughout our 6-county service area (Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula, Ashland, and Richland counties) who can help you apply face-to-face. This is a way that we can ensure that all Northeast Ohioans are receiving the benefits they deserve. If you are not currently receiving SNAP (food assistance formerly called food stamps) call us today to determine your eligibility, find helpful resources in your community, and apply for assistance, all in one call!
Eligibility is based on monthly income and expenses, including medical, rent, and utilities. If any individual makes less than $1,200 per month, they may be eligible for assistance. This assistance is available for seniors, students, families, full- and part-time workers, the unemployed, and all individuals 18 years of age or older who are struggling to make ends meet. Food assistance is not a charity program; it is an entitlement program and is given to any and all who qualify. If you have never used assistance programs before and have general questions, please call!
Taking advantage of these assistance programs is no different than using Medicare, Social Security, or Federal Student Loans/Grants; they are in place to help those who need them. Every year more than $2 billion of benefits go unclaimed in the state of Ohio alone. This is money that could be used in our local economy to stimulate local business. By applying and using these benefits, we are working to keep federal dollars in Northeast Ohio and helping your family have access to healthy and nutritious food. Call to apply today!
For more information or to apply, call the Cleveland Foodbank Benefit Help Line at 216-738-2067, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can apply over the phone, get links to local pantries and hot meals, get community resources and referrals, be screened for eligibility, and/or find an Outreach Counselor in your community to help you apply face-to-face. Walk-in Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 15500 S. Waterloo Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44110.
About Cleveland Foodbank
The Cleveland Foodbank provides nutritious food to local nonprofit organizations which serve hungry individuals across northeast Ohio, 33 percent of them being children. This year, the Foodbank distributed enough food for 29 million meals to 620 local food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other agencies such as child-care centers and homes for the elderly in six counties, including Cuyahoga, Ashland, Richland, Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula. For more information, visit www.clevelandfoodbank.org.
Program Manager Benefit Outreach
216-738-2265 ext 2104