Can ODSP help pay for a special diet?
Question & AnswerCan ODSP help pay for a special diet?
Long delays for appeal hearings
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People who have certain medical conditions might be able to get a special diet allowance as part of the they get from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).
The special diet allowance is to help with the extra costs of a special diet. The amount people get depends on their medical conditions.
The most a person can get as a special diet allowance is $250 a month. And for some conditions, the amount is much lower.
People who live in long-term care homes or certain kinds of hospitals or group homes don't qualify for a special diet allowance. This is because these places provide people with their meals. Talk to your ODSP worker if you need more information.
Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding
A woman who is pregnant or breast-feeding can get a nutritional allowance. This is separate from a special diet allowance.
Talk to your ODSP worker about how to apply for this.
If you qualify for both, you can get a special diet allowance and nutritional allowance at the same time.
If ODSP refuses to give you a special diet allowance
If ODSP refuses your application for a special diet allowance, you can appeal the decision.