Work Experience Program | Ohio Association of Foodbanks

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                   What's Changing with SNAP Benefits?


In late 2013, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, commonly referred to as Food Stamps) work requirement waiver to expired. Now, Ohioans receiving SNAP benefits who do not have dependent children must meet the work requirement or go without the critical assistance this program provides (unless they meet one of six exemptions). So what is the Ohio SNAP work requirement? To meet the work requirement and avoid losing SNAP benefits, recipients must:


•  Work an average of 20 hours per week (80 hours per month minimum) or;

•  Participate in a Work Experience Program for up to 23 hours a month as determined by your caseworker or;

•  Any combination of working and participating in a work program for a total of twenty hours or more per week

                                      How We Can Help


The Ohio Association of Foodbanks is partnering with the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services to ensure that individuals in Franklin County have the opportunity to meet their SNAP work requirement. Work Experience Program (WEP) participants can fulfill their requirement while gaining valuable job skills and experience through volunteer service after being placed at one of our many host sites across Franklin County. No matter what type of skill-set participants have, we’ll be able to find a suitable work experience placement. If your caseworker has informed you that you need to be assessed for the work requirement by the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, you will need to attend your appointment with an association representative at your local Job and Family Services opportunity center. If you are unable to attend your appointment you may contact the Ohio Association of Foodbanks Work Experience Program Hotline at 614.221.4336 ext. 243.


If you are a non-profit, faith-based, or community agency in need of volunteers, please click on “Host a Volunteer," and apply to become a WEP Host Site!

Host a Volunteer

Ohio Association of Foodbanks | 101 E Town St. Suite 500, Columbus, Ohio 43215

This program is operated in partnership with the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services.