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Important information about P-EBT

P-EBT for Children Under 6 on SNAP, not in school

1.  what is Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) and how is a child on SNAP and under age 6 eligible?

Federal law allows States to implement a temporary program called Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), which provides eligible children with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) benefits. Preschool (Pre-K) through 12th grade students within eligible school buildings who are eligible for fee or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or School Breakfast Program (SBP) may be eligible for P-EBT benefits.  Children on SNAP, under the age of 6 who are not in school, are eligible for P-EBT benefits based on monthly reduction of meals provided to children at childcare centers across the state in month.  P-EBT is a separate benefit in addition to a family's normal monthly SNAP benefit.

The program is administered by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Department is partnering with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to ensure eligible children receive this important benefit.

2. How much will an eligible child receive?

Each eligible child will receive $8.18 per day (the combined daily federal reimbursement rate for breakfast, lunch, and a snack for school year 2021-2022) for the number of eligible P-EBT days in the month.  The number of eligible P-EBT days is based on the statewide average number of days representing the reduction in meals at childcare centers.  This number could vary each month for August 2022 through May 2023.  The amount for August - December 2022 is 3 days, totaling $24.54 per month.

3. How are P-EBT benefits issued?

For each month a child is eligible for P-EBT, ODJFS will issue the P-EBT benefits to the SNAP account the child is currently receiving benefits on.  The benefits are used just like SNAP benefits.

4. How often will this benefit be issued?

If your child meets the P-EBT eligibility criteria in a month, benefits will be provided as follows:

  • The August, September, October, November and December 2022 and January 2023 benefits will be issued and available by th end of February 2023.  You may receive some of your benefits earlier in the month, and some later in the month.  It may also vary for each child.
  • February benefits will be issued by the end of March 2023.
  • March benefits will be issued by the end of April 2023.
  • April benefits will be issued by the end of May 2023.
  • May benefits will be issued by the endo of June 2023.

In order for local grocery stores to be better stocked, P-EBT benefits are issued over multiple days in the last two weeks of the month rather than on a single day.  Your child's benefit will be issued on a certain day based on the first letter of their last name.  For Example, last names beginning with A-D may receive their benefits on the 20th of the month, then E-G on the 21st, etc.  This day will vary each month.

5. Can a family apply for P-EBT benefits?

No. P-EBT does not have an application for children on SNAP, under the age of 6, not in school.

6. How long will a family have access to the P-EBT benefits?

The P-EBT benefits will be available for 9 months.  If after 9 months the P-EBT benefits have not been spent, they will be removed (expunged) from the account.  Current SNAP households will still have access to their remaining SNAP benefits.

7. Who should a family contact if they have questions regarding P-EBT?

For general program questions, questions about your child's benefits, please call the P-EBT customer service line at 1-866-244-0071 Option 1.

P-EBT School Year 2022-2023 School Students Questions and Answers

1. What is Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)?

Federal law allows States to implement a temporary program called Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P_EBT), which provides eligible children with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) benefits. Preschool (Pre-K) through 12th grade students within eligible school buildings who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or School breakfast Program (SBP) may be eligible for P-EBT benefits. The program is administered by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Department is partnering with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to ensure eligible children receive this important benefit.

2. How does a school qualify for P-EBT?

Due to COVID and for at least 5 consecutive days, a school must be closed, operating remote learning, operating with reduced attendance or hours (includes hybrid schedules) or at least one student sick with COVID-19 or quarantined.  COVID sick days and quarantine days are based on your child's school policy, for identifying COVID sick days and whether a child has to quarantine and remain home


 

Once the school P-EBT criteria has been met, the school must look at each child's potential eligibility for P-EBT.


 

Please note some schools have an online school for remote learners; however, not all online schools meet P-EBT requirements because they do not offer the NSLP or SBP to students.  if your child is enrolled in virtual school or homeschooled, please see the Questions and Answers Document for Virtual and Homeschool Students that will be available in mid-February 2023.

3.  How is a child in school eligible for P-EBT if the school qualifies?

A Free or reduced-price meal eligible child in school may receive P-EBT benefits for the days he or she does not attend school in person due to remote learning, sick quarantine because of COVID, or attends school in person but does not receive a meal at school to eat at school because of reduced hours.  Children are not eligible for P-EBT benefits for days they attend school in person and receive meal(s) at school.

4. How much will an eligible child receive and when will the benefit be issued?

Each child will receive $8.18 per day (the combined daily federal reimbursement rate for breakfast and lunch school year 2022/2023) for each day the child does not receive free or reduced-price meals at the school because the school is closed, operating remote learning, is operating with reduced attendance or hours due to COVID-19.  This also includes days a child is not at school in-person because they are having to quarantine due to COVID-19.  Weekends, holidays, or school breaks are not included.

The summer benefit will be issued in two payments. The first payment will be issued by the end of June in the amount of $191.70 (27 days of benefits). The second payment will be issued by the end of July in the amount of $198.80 (28 days of benefits).

5. How are P-EBT benefits issued?

If the child is a current SNAP recipient:  

  • The P-EBT benefits may be added to the SNAP account on which the child is currently active on.
  • If the child was unable to be matched to his or her active SNAP account, you will be sent a P-EBT card in the child's name.

If the child is not a current SNAP recipient:  

  • If the child has received a P-EBT card since February 2021, benefits will be loaded to the card.  If you need a replacement card, please call 1-866-386-3071.
  • If the child has not received a P-EBT card since February 2021, you will receive a preloaded P-EBT card in the mail.
    • The card will be in the child's name, not the parent or legal guardian's name.
    • Instructions on how to activate the card will be included (also see instructions below).
    • You must keep this new card as it will be used for any future P-EBT benefits your child is eligible for.  
    • Each child will receive a P-EBT card; benefits of siblings will not be grouped onto one card. 

     The benefits are used just like SNAP benefits.  Go to https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligible-food-items for a list of eligible food items than be bought with SNAP benefits.

6. How often will this benefit be issued?

If your child meets the P-EBT criteria, benefits for August, September, October, November, and December 2022 will be issued by the end of January 2023.  After January, benefits will be issued to eligible children by the end of the following month. For example, benefits for January will be issued by the end of February, February will be issued by the end of March, etc.

In order for local grocery stores to be better stocked, P-EBT benefits are issued over multiple days in the last two weeks of the month rather than on a single day. Your child's benefits will be issued on a certain day based on the first letter of their last name. For example, last names beginning with A-D may receive their benefits on the 20th of the month, then E-G on the 21st, etc. This day will vary each month.

Please note, not every child will receive the P-EBT benefits on the same day, but every child will receive their benefits by the end of the month.

7. Can a family apply for P-EBT benefits?

No. P-EBT does not have an application for children enrolled in traditional "brick and mortar" schools.

8. How long will a family have access to the P-EBT benefits?

The P-EBT benefits will be available for 9 months. If after 9 months the P-EBT benefits have not been spent, they will be removed (expunged) from the account. Current SNAP households will still have access to their remaining benefits.

9. Who should a family contact if they have questions regarding P-EBT?

For general program questions, questions about your child's benefits, please call the P-EBT customer service line at 1-866-244-0071 Option 1.

Resources:

P-EBT for Children Under 6, on SNAP, not in School  

P-EBT School Year 2022-2023 for School Students  

P-EBT School Year 2021-2022 School Students Questions and Answers
P-EBT School Year 2021-2022 School Students Questions and Answers (Arabic)
P-EBT School Year 2021-2022 School Students Questions and Answers (Chinese)
P-EBT School Year 2021-2022 School Students Questions and Answers (French)
P-EBT School Year 2021-2022 School Students Questions and Answers (Russian)
P-EBT School Year 2021-2022 School Students Questions and Answers (Somali)
P-EBT School Year 2021-2022 School Students Questions and Answers (Spanish)
Summer P-EBT Questions and Answers
Summer 2022 PEBT Questions and Answers
P-EBT for Children Under 6 on SNAP School Year 2021-2022 - Questions and Answers  

  P-EBT for Children Under 6 on SNAP School Year 2021-2022 Questions and Answers (Arabic)  

P-EBT for Children Under 6 on SNAP School Year 2021-2022 Questions and Answers (Chinese)  

P-EBT for Children Under 6 on SNAP School Year 2021-2022 Questions and Answers (French)

P-EBT for Children Under 6 on SNAP School Year 2021-2022 Questions and Answers (Russian)

P-EBT for Children Under 6 on SNAP School Year 2021-2022 Questions and Answers (Somali)  

P-EBT for Children Under 6 on SNAP School Year 2021-2022 Questions and Answers (Spanish)  

P-EBT for Children on SNAP Under 6 and Not in School
P-EBT Flier 2.3.21
P-EBT Flier (Arabic)
P-EBT Flier (Chinese)
P-EBT Flier (French)
P-EBT Flier (Russian)
P-EBT Flier (Somali)
P-EBT Flier (Spanish)
P-EBT Questions and Answers for Families 2.2.21
P-EBT Questions and Answers for Families 2.8.21 (Arabic)
P-EBT Questions and Answers for Families 2.8.21 (Chinese)
P-EBT Questions and Answers for Families 2.8.21 (French)
P-EBT Questions and Answers for Families 2.8.21 (Russian)
P-EBT Questions and Answers for Families 2.8.21 (Somali)
P-EBT Questions and Answers for Families 2.8.21 (Spanish)  

EBT Card Buck Slip
EBT Card Buck Slip (Arabic)
EBT Card Buck Slip (Chinese)
EBT Card Buck Slip (French)
EBT Card Buck Slip (Russian)
EBT Card Buck Slip (Somali)
EBT Card Buck Slip (Spanish)
Approval Notice for Translation (Arabic)
Approval Notice for Translation (Chinese)
Approval Notice for Translation (French)
Approval Notice for Translation (Russian)
Approval Notice for Translation (Somali)
Approval Notice for Translation (Spanish)