Need Help? Food and Cash Assistance
If you have lost income, here are some available resources to help you get by during this challenging time. Apply for long term and short term help through:
We all need a little help sometimes. Reach out to a librarian with any questions or for 1-on-1 assistance navigating any of these resources Call 574-282-4646. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit any library location.
FOOD ASSISTANCE (SNAP)
SNAP or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is available to help individuals and families buy the food they need for good health when their income has been reduced.
Apply online here.
Apply by phone: 800-403-0864
Apply by mail: Division of Family Resources PO Box 1810 Marion, IN 46952
While offices are closed, all scheduled appointments will take place over the phone.
For frequently asked questions, visit https://www.in.gov/fssa/files/Snap_FAQ.pdf
For info and updates about SNAP, visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program
For appeals process and other important information, visit https://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/2691.htm
Local Food Assistance in St. Joseph County:
How long does it take to get benefits?
It can take up to 30 days for a decision to be made on each case, but you may be eligible for expedited service which means you would get benefits within seven days of applying.
To be considered, fill out the expedited questions on the application. If you qualify, be prepared for an interview appointment the same day or the following day.
CASH ASSISTANCE (TANF)
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a program that provides cash assistance and supportive services to assist families with children under age 18.
Apply by phone: 1-800-403-0864
All scheduled appointments will take place via telephone.
For frequently asked questions, visit https://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/2684.htm
For more information, see TANF brochure: English or Spanish
FAMILY AND SOCIAL SERVICE ADMINISTRATION (FSSA)
The FSSA can help connect you with social services and health care. Visit their website here.
WIC (Women, Infants & Children)
WIC aims to safeguard the health of low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children under age 5 by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, nutrition education and health care referrals. For more information visit, the WIC webpage or call 574-647-2100 (South Bend) / 574-647-2175 (Mishawaka).
CALL 211 FOR SHORT TERM HELP
For help with urgent or immediate needs, call 211.
211 is a free and confidential service to help people find the local resources they need. Call to connect with a 211 Navigator 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you are having trouble paying bills or utilities, buying groceries, finding childcare, dealing with addiction, call 2-1-1 to inquire about short-term help.
CITY OF SOUTH BEND
View local programs and support throughout the city on this website: COVID-19 Resources
St. Joseph County Township Trustees
Township Trustees can offer cash assistance for food, utilities, etc.
If you’re unsure which St. Joseph County Township you reside in, you can enter your address here: Census Reporter or call SJCPL at 574-282-4646.
Portage Township: 133 N William St, South Bend, IN 46601, (574) 233-2127
Centre Township: 19971 Kern Rd, South Bend, IN 46614, (574) 291-7766
Clay Township: 18355 Auten Rd, South Bend, IN 46637, (574) 277-4452
German Township: 51755 Portage Rd, South Bend, IN 46628, (574) 272-9020
Harris Township: 13981 IN-23, Granger, IN 46530, (574) 272-2371
Liberty Township: 300 S Main St, North Liberty, IN 46554, (574) 656-4587
Madison Township: 15267 Madison Rd., Mishawaka, IN. 46544, (574) 850-0302
Olive Township: 102 S Arch St, New Carlisle, IN 46552, (574) 654-3231
Penn Township: 210 E Russ St, Mishawaka, IN 46545, (574) 256-6213
Union Township: 507 S Michigan St, Lakeville, IN 46536, (574) 784-3110
Warren Township: 59330 Crumstown Hwy, North Liberty, IN 46554, (574) 288-8702