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 additional P-EBT funds for children enrolled in schools operating remotely that would have normally received free or reduced-price school meals. To learn more, visit our FAQs for more information about the 2020-21 school year.

All P-EBT cards for the end of the 2019-2020 school year should now have been received. If you have not received the P-EBT funds for your children, please contact the ODJFS Customer Service Line at 1-866-244-0071 or email Family_Assistance_Inquiries@jfs.ohio.gov. If you are unsure whether your child was eligible for P-EBT funds, view our FAQs or contact your child's school to confirm. If you aren't sure if your child's school participates in the National School Lunch Program, you can check this searchable database to find out. To report a change of address to ODJFS, you can use this change of address form.

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

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, 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 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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