Cleveland Foodbank benefit outreach program simplifies application process

The Cleveland Foodbank understands that times are tough and money is tight for many in Northeast Ohio. To help, the Foodbank started a new benefit outreach program to make the application process quick and easy for more than 20 programs including SNAP (food stamps), prescription benefits, child care vouchers, WIC, medical coverage, and other assistance programs.

The Foodbank’s team of benefit counselors can assist people with the application process by phone, and outreach counselors can help people apply in person. Those who are not currently receiving SNAP can call the Foodbank to determine eligibility, find helpful resources in the community, and apply for assistance—all in one phone call.

Lauren Thomas is the outreach worker for Cleveland Height and University Heights. Contact her by phone at 216-200-3042, or by e-mail at

Assistance is available for seniors, students, families, full- and part-time workers, the unemployed—anyone 18 years of age or older who is struggling to make ends meet. Eligibility is based on monthly income and expenses, including medical, rent and utilities. Anyone making less than $1,200 per month may be eligible for assistance.  This food assistance is not a charity program; it is an entitlement program and is given to anyone who qualifies. If you have never used assistance programs before and have questions, call 216-738-2067. For more information, visit

Jamie Sullivan

Jamie Sullivan is program manager for the Cleveland Foodbank's benefit outreach program.

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