The Ohio Departments of Health (ODH) and Job and Family Services (ODJFS) actively work to enroll eligible families into nutrition benefit programs, including the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). These two fully-federally funded programs have different enrollment processes, meaning that many eligible moms aren’t enrolled in both.
WIC benefits include healthy, fresh, and shelf-stable foods, infant formula, and baby foods, as well as access to health screenings, nutrition counseling, breast feeding support and much more. SNAP helps Ohioans stretch their food budgets and purchase healthy foods through the Ohio Direction Card, similar to a debit card. Collectively, these programs can help improve maternal health and reduce infant mortality. To see what benefits you may be eligible to receive visit Ohio Benefits.
Through a pilot with the InnovateOhio Platform, ODH and ODJFS are actively collaborating to cross-enroll moms receiving SNAP into the WIC program, to ensure they receive the maximum supports possible for themselves and their children. Using program enrollment data, InnovateOhio notifies ODH of women who are enrolled in SNAP but not WIC. ODH then engages moms to help them enroll in WIC as well. This program has helped to connect more than 1,600 new Ohioans to WIC nutritional support services.
Governor DeWine also prioritized connecting homeless and housing unstable mothers to housing in two Ohio counties – Franklin and Summit. Through a $2.25 million grant, the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio will help connect vulnerable moms to housing and other wraparound supports that will provide long-term financial stability.