Questions about P-EBT? Call the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services hotline: 1-866-244-0071

UPDATE: P-EBT cards started getting mailed June 11. All cards are expected to be mailed by June 19. Please allow 5 to 7 days for mailing due to delays in postal service during COVID-19. If you were expecting your child(ren)'s P-EBT funds to load onto your Ohio Direction Card and some or all did not load, your child(ren) may be part of a group of about 150,000 kids who will receive their funds through a new P-EBT card in the mail.

What is P-EBT?

The Pandemic – Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Program is additional money for families to buy food due to COVID-19 related school closures.

  • Eligible Ohio families will receive $5.70 per child for each day a school was closed due to COVID-19.
  • Children eligible for free and reduced-price meals as of March will receive a total of $302.10. Children that became eligible for free and reduced-price meals in April will receive $239.40.
  • Use P-EBT as well as grab-and-go meal sites to meet your children’s food needs.
  • Using P-EBT does NOT impact you or your child's immigration status. The public charge rule does NOT apply to P-EBT funds.

Will I get P-EBT?

You will receive P-EBT funds if your child(ren) were in grades K-12 in the 2019-2020 school year and:

  • Received free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program OR
  • Attended a school where every student gets free meals

Look for a letter in the mail from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) in June.

If you think your family qualifies, but you do not get a letter in June, call ODJFS at 1-866-244-0071.

How do I get P-EBT?

I am NOT enrolled in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps)

  • Watch your mail for your new P-EBT card.
  • You do NOT need to apply for P-EBT.
  • One card per eligible child will be provided.
  • Keep your card(s). More funds may be added later.

I am enrolled in SNAP (food stamps)

  • Most of the time, funds will be added to the card you already have. In some cases, you may instead get a P-EBT card in the mail for one or more children in your household.
  • You do NOT need to apply for P-EBT.
  • Use your funds the same way you use your SNAP benefits.
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