• Food and Nutrition

    While nutrition is vital to the growth and development of any child, children with significant chronic illness often have extra nutritional requirements based on their particular illness or disability.

    The Complex Care Center at Cincinnati Children's offers these resources to patients and families to help meet those additional needs.
    • Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH) offers nutrition consults and financial coverage for special formulas. Nutritional consults are provided by a trained licensed dietitian through assessment and planning. Specialized formulas are approved for payment when an infant or child is unable to consume adequate nutrition to promote appropriate growth and development. Financial and medical criteria for program qualification is also available on the site.
    • Food Assistance, overseen by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, assists eligible low-income individuals and families purchase food and food products. This program was formerly called Food Stamps. Detailed information on how to apply is included on their fact sheet and on online application is available.. 
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the new name for the federal Food Stamp program, provides information and an online pre-screening tool that can help you determine if your family is eligible to receive benefits. Find your state hotline for more information.
    • The Freestore Foodbank in Cincinnati, guides low-income individuals and families through the often confusing process of applying for Food Stamp benefits.
    • St. Vincent DePaul has a comprehensive community resource guide for the Cincinnati area.
    • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) (WIC) provides nutritional education and highly nutritious supplemental foods to pregnant women, women who have recently had a baby, infants birth to 12 months of age, and children ages 1-5 who are at medical / health risk. This site has information about income eligibility and how to apply.
    • Freestore Foodbank, located in Cincinnati, provides food and clothing to people who are unemployed, whose homes have been destroyed by flood or fire or who are in need. They distribute donated and surplus food to approximately 500 non-profit agencies in 20 counties, who in turn help prevent hunger in their own neighborhoods.

    The sites listed below offer easy-to-use general nutrition information for kids and families:

    • Food pantries and emergency assistance for families in Northern Kentucky.