Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on March 15, 2020, that the Ohio Department of Health had issued a Director’s Order that closed all Ohio bars and restaurant dining rooms. Restaurants with carry-out and delivery options will still be able to operate those services for the time being. To give relief to those who will temporarily be suspended from their jobs in food service, Governor DeWine also issued an executive order granting the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) the authority to accept and grant requests for unemployment compensation immediately. This executive order includes benefits for employees who can’t work because their employer has closed, employees under investigation for the virus, and employees without access to paid sick or vacation time. Those who apply for unemployment under these circumstances will be exempt from the requirement that they be actively seeking work. Visit the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services unemployment FAQ page to learn about applying for unemployment during this time.
If you are an individual who is suspended from employment and have no income, you are eligible to receive food from Mid-Ohio Foodbank; we have resources for you:
- If you need access to fresh and shelf-stable groceries, visit our Get Food page. Select the resource card for the county in which you live to see which of our agency partners are in your area. You are welcome and eligible to use these resources!
- In the absence of income, you are eligible to apply for the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. SNAP benefits will ease access to food, groceries, and other necessities. Apply by visiting benefits.ohio.gov or feel free to reach out to our SNAP Outreach Team here at Mid-Ohio Foodbank for more information or for help with applying for benefits.
South Side Roots has switched its cafe model to the distribution pre-packaged boxes while this rule is in effect. Pre-packaged, carry-out meals are being distributed near the Reeb Avenue Center’s gymnasium from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Weekly Community Dinner is also being served as grab-and-go on Tuesday evenings from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. In the interest of keeping human contact to an absolute minimum, what the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) calls “social distancing,” we believe that this is the safest course of action to take moving forward, especially during these challenging times.