We can help you get healthy food!
Fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods help you and your family be who you want to be. Sometimes these healthy foods are expensive. Below are places you can call or visit that may help you and your family obtain these healthy foods. Many of these places have income guidelines. You may qualify for Food Assistance even if you work full-time. Call us to find out if you and your family can get help.
You can now apply for Food Assistance and other DHS programs online! Click here  to use the online OASIS application.
The Food Assistance Program provides Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards that can be used to buy groceries at supermarkets, grocery stores and some Farmers Markets.
You may qualify for Food Assistance if you:
To apply: Call your local DHS officeto get a paper application or apply online  at oasis.iowa.gov.
Before you apply: Please review "Before applying for Food Assistance " document. This document gives a brief overview of what we need to process your application, why certain questions are asked, citizenship/immigration information, questions that must be answered for Food Assistance and your rights and responsibilities. If you have questions about applying for Food Assistance, please contact your local DHS office .
*Note: Food Assistance applicants have the option to only answer the questions included on this document  as they are required as a condition of eligibility.
*Note: There have been reports of ads offering assistance for filling out Food Assistance applications. The links will take you to another website where you may be asked to provide personaland credit card information. Do NOT provide this information, it can allow others to make unauthorized purchases on your credit card or gain access to your bank accounts. If you see an ad offeringFood Assistanceapplication assistance with alink, do notclick on it. Never provide any personal information, including credit card information on an unsecure Web Site. DHS employees will never ask you for credit card information or for anything not on your State Agency application.
If you receive Food Assistance you can now access your account information on the web. Go to https://www.ebt.acs-inc.com/  to register today. There is no charge for using this online access.
Click here  to find yourlocal DHS office.
The WIC (Women, Infants, & Children) is a supplemental nutrition program for babies, children under the age of 5, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and women who have had a baby in the last 6 months. WIC helps families by providing healthy foods, nutrition education, and referrals to other health care agencies.
To apply: Make an appointment at your local WIC office.Bring proof of address, identity and income.
Contact Information: Go to www.idph.state.ia.us/wic/families.asp  for more information. Make an appointment at your local WIC office.Bring proof of address, identity and income.
More low-income Iowanshave increased access to locally grown farm fresh food at selected Farmers Markets due to the efforts of the Iowa Department of Human ServicesWireless EBT Project.This Project provides wireless point-of-salemachines to qualified vendors across the state. This enables the vendors to accept the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) food assistance card, MasterCard, Visa, or Discover.
Click here  for more information about this program.
Civil Rights Statement for the Food Assistance Program: In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs,or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Click here  for information about the Commodities/Food Distribution programs.
The School Breakfast Program provides healthy breakfasts in school. Children can receive free or reduced price school breakfasts.
The National School Lunch Program provides healthy lunches. Children can receive free or reduced price lunches.
To apply: Ask for an Iowa Eligibility Application at your childs school.Return the completed application to your childs school.
The Summer Food Service Program provides free meals during the summer months to some communities and day camps.
Qualifications: Be 18 years old or younger
To apply: No application process is required
Contact Information: Bureau of Nutrition, Health, and Transportation Services 515-281-5356
The CSFP provides supplemental food and nutrition education for pregnant, postpartum and breast-feeding women, infants, children up to age six and the elderly. Available foods include canned fruits and vegetables, hot and cold cereals, cheese, peanut butter and beans, pastas, canned and powdered milk, regular and soy formula and infant cereal.
Contact Information: 1-877-288-3655 or www.polkcountyiowa.gov/CFYS/pages/SuppFoods.aspx 
Emergency Food Assistance provides free meals and food at places like food pantries and soup kitchens.
To apply: Dial 211 or your local food bank to find out more information about places for help near you.
Contact Information: Dial 211 or go to www.iowalegalaid.com  for food pantry information
SHARE, also known as the Self-Help and Resource Exchange, is a program for anyone. SHARE Iowa offers tasty, nutritious grocery packages at half the retail cost in exchange for two hours of volunteer service in your community.
Contact Information: 1-800-344-1107 www.shareiowa.com 
EFNEP and FNP are free nutrition education programs for low-income families offered by Iowa State University Extension. They help parents provide nutritious food for their families, leading to healthy children and strong families. Nutrition coaches meet with participants one-on-one and in small groups. The lessons include hands on activities, worksheets, games, recipes and cooking.
Qualifications: Meet income guidelines
To apply: 800-262-3804 or www.extension.iastate.edu/efnep/ 
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