The Ohio Benefit Bank can connect you to programs and resources that can stabilize your household, AND benefit your community as a whole. Learn more about the programs available below and then get started with your application!
Remember, when you begin your application, you may need to refer to some commonly requested documents to make sure your application is accurate.
Food and Nutrition Programs:
Known as Food Assistance in Ohio, this program is also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and was formerly called food stamps. It is a federal program that can help you to purchase groceries, and it boosts your local economy when you buy food at grocery stores in your community. Click here to apply today!
Women Infants and Children (WIC)
The WIC program is a nutrition program for pregnant women and children age 5 years and younger, providing access to nutritious foods, information and breastfeeding education. Click here to apply today!
USDA Child Nutrition Programs
Also known as the free and reduced-price lunch program, this program connects children from low-income households with free or affordable school meals. Click here to apply today!
Healthcare Assistance Programs:
Health Care Programs for Families and Children
Known as the Healthy Start and Healthy Families Programs, these programs are designed to assist pregnant women, children and/or their parents/guardians in need of health insurance. Click here to apply today!
Medicaid for the Aged, Blind and Disabled
ABD Medicaid is a healthcare program available for Ohioans who are aged 65 years or older, legally blind or qualified as disabled by the Social Security Administration. Click here to apply today!
Medicare Premium Assistance
Medicare Premium Assistance is a set of Medicare programs designed to assist low-income Medicare recipients with the cost of their Part A and/or Part B premiums, as well as potentially helping with their cost sharing with Medicare. Click here to apply today!
Child and Family Health Services (CFHS)
Child and Family Health Services is a network of health care resources available throughout Ohio. The network gives families the ability to access health services, such as physicals, laboratory tests, health and diet counseling, pregnancy-related care and more. Click here to apply today!
Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH)
BCMH is a healthcare program designed to link children with a variety of health care needs to a network of providers and services. Click here to apply today!
Extra Help for Medicare Part D
Also called the Low Income Subsidy (LIS), Medicare Rx Extra Help helps low-income Medicare recipients pay for prescription drug costs. Click here to apply today!
Ohio's Best Rx
Ohio’s Best Rx is a prescription drug discount card designed to lower the cost of prescriptions for Ohio residents. This program assistance Ohioans who are 60 years of age or older with any income, as well as other families lacking prescription coverage. Click here to apply today!
Taxes and Student Aid Programs:
File Your Federal and State Tax Returns
Most households that make under $60,000 can file their state and federal taxes for free with The Benefit Bank. Everyone who files with The Benefit Bank is screened for various credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit-- credits which are often missed by Ohioans filing their taxes otherwise. By e-filing, Ohioans can maximize their refunds, while receiving their refunds in 14 days or less. Click here to file today!
Earned Income Tax Credit
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable federal tax credit for low- to moderate-income working individuals and families. Individuals between the ages of 25 and 65 with earned income may qualify for the EITC if they meet certain income guidelines. Click here to file today!
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
The FAFSA is used to apply for federal financial aid to cover the cost of college and other post-secondary programs. Categories of aid fall into one of three sections: grants, work-study, and loans, each supported through the FAFSA. Click here to apply today!
Veterans Education and Training
Veterans can apply for the tuition assistance and training that they have earned, including resources like the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, through The Ohio Benefit Bank. Click here to apply today.
Help with Other Programs:
Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
The HEAP program offers utility assistance through the use of a one-time payment on a heating bill during the program season, September through May. Click here to apply today!
Child Care Assistance
Child Care Assistance, also known as Title XX, helps low-income working families pay for child care. Families are responsible for a co-payment and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services subsidizes the remaining amount. Click here to apply today!
Ohio Works First Cash Assistance (OWF)
Ohio Works First or OWF Cash Assistance provides financial assistance and work supports such as education, training and help finding a job for low-income families. Click here to apply today!
Golden Buckeye Program
The Golden Buckeye Program connects Ohio’s elderly and disabled residents to information about resources in their community and discounts on goods and services, like prescription drugs, banking services and state park admission fees. Click here to apply today!
Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)
SCSEP helps seniors develop job skills through training and community service opportunities. SCSEP participants are employed part-time at minimum wage and receive valuable on-the-job training. Click here to apply today!
Big Brothers / Big Sisters "Amachi" Youth Mentoring Program
This Big Brothers/Big Sisters program connects children between the ages of 4 and 18 with incarcerated parents to adult mentors. Click here to apply today!
The National Voter Registration Application is for first-time voters as well as registered voters who need to change registration information, like name, address, or political party affiliation. Click here to apply today!