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“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 and disability.


Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. 


To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9922 (voice), (800) 877-8339 (TTY) or (866) 377-8642 (TTY).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 


ODJFS – BCR 9/2016







As the employees of the Athens County Department of Job & Family Services, we have been charged with the most serious and important responsibility in government, that of helping our fellow citizens who experience the despair of poverty, hunger, homelessness, and ill health. We believe that our programs represent the conscience of society and that our strength lies in seeking a decent life for all.

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ACEnet's 2017 Women in Business Conference 

We are excited to invite you to ACEnet's 2017 Women in Business conference on May 5th, 2017 from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the newly renovated Lodge at Hocking College in Nelsonville. This event will unite women entrepreneurs in all stages of business development for a one day conference that has three main objectives:

  • To provide a space for networking so women entrepreneurs can create and feel a greater sense of community.
  • To provide professional development through sessions such as financial planning and marketing to help new business owners get a great start, but also provide the tools mature business owners need to expand and grow.
  • To provide personal development. Owning a business while being a family member, community member, or student can be challenging. The conference will provide a keynote speaker that gives insight on work-life balance.

With topics from Financial Planning to Marketing workshops, and much more, this conference will prove to be an asset to any woman, in any stage of business development. 


For more information, please visit our website at:







Athens County Food Pantry  Athens Food Pantry

If your household income falls below the eligibility requirements for receiving food aid, set forth by the

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Emergency

Food Assistance Program, (based on the number of family members), you may be eligible to receive food aid from the Athens County Food Pantry.


Please be aware the guidelines permit assistance once every thirty days. You must be a resident of Athens County and provide current (within 30 days) proof of

residency and photo identification.


Requirements are:

    - Athens County residency

    - Photo ID

    - 1 piece of mail, with a current mailing address


These items are required each time you pick up a

food box.  Your cooperation is appreciated. 






Poverty Prevention Clinic

Free Legal Clinic for Low Income Residents of Athens County

2017 Dates: 


                                               January 19th                   July 20th

                                               February 16th                 August 17th

                                               March 16th                     September 21st

                                               April 20th                        October 19th

                                               May 17th                         November 16th

                                               June 15th                        December 21st


The clinic is held 3:00pm - 4:30pm; at the office of the Athens County Department of Job and Family Services, 13183 St. Rt. 13, Millfield (former County Home).

To schedule an appointment contact ACJFS, (740) 797-2523.

For further information contact, Southeastern Ohio Legal Services at (740) 594-3558. 







New Bus Route includes Chauncey Stop

Athens Public Transit has expanded their route to include Chauncey,  with a stop at the Athens County Job and Family Services location at 13183 State Route 13.  Besides keeping schedules on their buses, they regularly stock the following locations: Athens City Hall, The Athens Community Center, The Athens Visitor Center, Athens Public Library, The Plains Public Library, Alden Library 2nd Floor, and

the Baker Center 4th Floor Service Desk. In addition, you can find schedules at a variety of local retail, lodging, and medical establishments.

For more information check their website at: 






Unemployment claims slide to 246,000

February 2, 2017

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, another sign that U.S. workers are enjoying job security.

The Labor Department said today that claims for jobless aid fell by 14,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 246,000. The less-volatile four-week average rose by 2,250 to 248,000. Overall, 2.06 million Americans are receiving unemployment benefits, down more than 8 percent from a year ago.

Jobless claims are a proxy for layoffs. The low levels suggest that employers feel they need to hang on to their workers in a tight labor market. Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, says “companies fear that they won’t be able to replace people who they let go... This isn’t going to change anytime soon, so we expect claims to remain close to their current level.” Weekly unemployment claims have now come in below 300,000 for 100 straight weeks, longest such streak since 1970.

The U.S. labor market is solid. The unemployment rate is 4.7 percent, close to a nine-year low and to what economists consider full employment. Employers last year added 180,000 jobs a month, solid but down from a monthly average of 229,000 in 2015.

The Labor Department releases its jobs report for January on Friday. Economists expect that the economy generated 175,000 new jobs last month and that unemployment remained at 4.7 percent.





Executive Order 2016-03K

Authorizes the Governor’s Office  of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (GOFBCI) to expend its Fiscal Year 2017 Temporary Assistance of Needy Families (TANF) funds totaling $6.54 million as follows:

$251,979 for case management services to assist Moms2B in reducing effects of low birth-

   weight babies.

Up to $1 million to After-School All-Stars for school enrichment programs for low-income, at-

  risk children.

Up to $100,000 for the Truly Reaching You Prisoner Reentry Program in Akron to help parents

   re-integrate into society.

Up to $100,000 to provide early childhood and parenting program services to Mom’s House in


Up to $50,000 to help Coats for Kids in Cleveland provide new coats to at-risk youth.

Up to $100,000 to help Operation Warm provide new coats for at-risk children.

The remaining funds — approximately $4.9 million — are to be used by GOFBCI “to provide support to programs or organizations that promote the mission of GOFBCI and further one

of the four purposes of the TANF program.”



Economic Well-Being - Ohio ranks 25th

Children in poverty - 23 percent in Ohio or 594,000 children/22 percent nationally.

Children whose parents lack secure employment - 31 percent in Ohio or 826,000 children/

    30 percent nationally.

Children living in households with a high housing cost burden - 29 percent in Ohio or

    760,000 children/35 percent nationally.

Teens not in school and not working - 6 percent in Ohio or 38,000 teens/7 percent nationally.



Education - Ohio ranks 17th

Young children not in school - 55 percent in Ohio or 159,000 young children/ 53 percent


Fourth graders not proficient in reading - 62 percent in Ohio/65 percent nationally.

Eighth graders not proficient in math - 65 percent in Ohio/68 percent nationally.

High school students not graduating on time - 15 percent in Ohio/18 percent nationally.



Health - Ohio ranks 19th

Low-birth weight babies - 8.5 percent in Ohio or 11,800 babies/8 percent nationally.

Children without health insurance - 5 percent in Ohio or 126,000 children/6 percent


Child and teen deaths per 100,000 - 23 in Ohio or 636 total deaths/24 nationally.

Teens who abuse alcohol or drugs - 5 percent in Ohio or 45,000 teens/5 percent nationally.



Family and Community - Ohio ranks 31st

Children in single-parent families - 38 percent in Ohio or 942,000 children/35 percent


Children in families where the household head lacks a high school diploma - 10 percent in

    Ohio or 273,000 children/14 percent nationally.

Children living in high-poverty areas - 14 percent in Ohio or 387,000 children/14 percent


Teen births per 1,000 - 25 in Ohio or 9,473 total births/24 nationally.



More Ohioans turning to food pantries, study shows

More than 1 in 6 Ohioans — more than 2 million people — don’t have enough to eat and turn to pantries for food each year, according to a new report, “Hunger in Ohio 2014.” The study, released yesterday by the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, showed a 40 percent jump in the number of people seeking help from four years ago.




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