Ohioans can now apply online for food, cash and medical assistanceWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced on Nov. 12 the launching of a new website that allows Ohio residents to apply online for food stamps, Medicaid and cash assistance.
A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture provided some of the funding necessary to develop the website. The Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks partnered with ODJFS to create ODJFSBenefits.ohio.gov.
“I’ve always said that ODJFS must strive to ‘meet people where they’re at’,” said ODJFS Director Douglas Lumpkin in a prepared statement. “This new Web site is an excellent example of that. It will allow us to improve our level of customer service. Because of the recession, many Ohioans are applying for assistance for the first time. Many of them are used to new ways of doing business and are more than happy to apply for services online. Innovations like ODJFSBenefits.ohio.gov help expedite assistance to those who need it most.”
After an online application is completed, the paperwork is automatically forwarded to a county caseworker for review. The online system can also be used to update case information.