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

UPDATE: Ohio JFS has received approval to issue P-EBT funds for more than 1 million Ohio children in summer 2021. Ohio JFS estimates this will include all non-school children under 6 in SNAP households in Ohio and all school children eligible for free or reduced price school meals. Each child will receive $375, split into two issuances, one at the end of June and one by the end of July. To learn more, visit our FAQs.

P-EBT for Summer 2021

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

  • For summer 2021, Ohio school children eligible for free or reduced-price meals and Ohio non-school children under 6 who live in households participating in SNAP will receive P-EBT funds.
  • Families will receive $375 per child, split over two payments - one at the end of June and one by the end of July.
  • You should use P-EBT as well as grab-and-go and traditional 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.
  • To learn more, visit our FAQs.

Will I get P-EBT?

To be eligible for P-EBT funds for summer 2021, children must:

  • Received free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program OR
  • Attended a school where every student gets free meals OR
  • Be under 6 and live in a household participating in SNAP

To be eligible for P-EBT funds for August 2020 to the end of the 2020-21 school year, preschool through 12th grade students must have:

  • Received free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program OR
  • Attended a school where every student gets free meals AND
  • Missed at least 5 consecutive days of school due to building closures related to COVID-19 OR
  • Attended a school with reduced attendance or hours for at least 5 days within a consecutive period (such as a hybrid schedule) OR
  • Has been quarantined for at least 5 consecutive days due to COVID-19.

To be eligible for P-EBT funds for the 2020-21 school year, children under 6 must:

  • Live in a household participating in SNAP, AND
  • not have attended a school participating in the National School Lunch Program, such as kindergarten

If you're not sure whether your child's school participates in the National School Lunch Program, you can search this database to check.

If you think your family qualifies for P-EBT for the 2020-2021 school year, but you have not received your P-EBT funds, call ODJFS at 1-866-244-0071 or email Family_Assistance_Inquiries@jfs.ohio.gov.

How do I get P-EBT?

I have a K-12 student and 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.
  • You MUST keep your card(s). Funds will be added to the same card(s) monthly.

I have a K-12 student and 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.

I have a child under 6 that was not previously receiving P-EBT through school-based eligibility and I am enrolled in SNAP (food stamps)

  • Funds will be added to the card you already have.
  • You do NOT need to apply for P-EBT.
  • Use your funds the same way you use your SNAP benefits.
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