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Students applying for food stamps must have work-study or a part-time job, making a gross income limit of $1,127.00 to qualify.

Apply for food stamps at:

Department of Human Services (DHS)
51 1/2 W. Hempstead,
Fairfield, IA
(a brick building directly North of the Court House)

Office Hours: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Phone Numbers: 641-472-5011 or 800-642-6249
Email: cjeffe01@dhs.state.ia.us

Walk in, and the receptionist will give you the paperwork to fill out. You will then be assigned someone to manage your case. You can also apply online.

Energy Assistance

Sourthern Iowa Economic Development Association (SIEDA)
Location: 201 South 23rd in Fairfield.
Hours: M, T, Th 9:00 – 3:30
Phone: 641-472-6140

Applications for SIEDA energy assistance and weatherization programs may be made between November 1st and April 20th of each year.

SIEDA does not factor in student loan money in the process of approval. More information, and to see if you qualify.

Water Bill Assistance

The Salvation Army
Location: 725 West 2nd Street, Ottumwa, IA
Hours: 9:00-11:30 and 1:00 - 3:00
Phone: 641-682-7597

William is in charge of this program and recommends walking in for assistance.

Emergency Food Assistance

The Lord’s Cupboard
Location: 54 South B Street
Phone: 641-472-8457

Students must be able to verify Iowa residency to qualify. Grocery support can be received once every three months.

 
 
 
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