Eligibility Requirements

In the State of Ohio, income eligibility for food pantry 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 pantry. Scroll down for more information.

Income Guidelines

Below are the current income guidelines, based on family size. This table shows 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.

Household Size Yearly Income Monthly Income Weekly Income
1 $23,759 $1,979 $456
2 $32,039 $2,669 $616
3 $40,319 $3,359 $775
4 $48,599 $4,049 $934
5 $56,879 $4,739 $1,093
6 $65,159 $5,429 $1,253
7 $73,459 $6,121 $1,412
8 $81,779 $6,814 $1,572
9 $90,099 $7,508 $1,732
10 $98,419 $8,201 $1,892
For Each Additional
Person Add
$8,320 $693 $160

Rev. 7/2016

What To Do

Before visiting one of our food pantries, please contact the appropriate location below to obtain a referral.

Franklin County residents

(614) 341-2282

Fairfield County residents

(740) 687-0500

Caldwell or mobile food pantries

(877) 704-3663

Referrals to the mobile pantry can be made one week prior to its visitation date. A referral is not needed to visit the LSS Delaware County Food Pantry. Simply stop in during business hours.

Proof Needed

New clients must provide IDs for every member of their household.

For adults, photo IDs (Driver’s License or state ID) are expected. For children, birth certificates, Social Security cards, insurance cards or school IDs are accepted. Proof of current address is also requested such as a lease agreement or utility bills delivered by the US Post Office.

Clients who have used the pantry before are asked to provide a photo ID and proof of address with every visit for the person who is shopping.

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