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

Ohio has been approved to issue retroactive P-EBT funds for kids under 6 participating in SNAP for school year 2021-22. For more information, visit our FAQs or view FAQs from ODJFS. Ohio has been approved to issue P-EBT funds for summer 2022. For more information about the availability of summer EBT for K-12 students that normally receive free or reduced-price school meals and for kids under 6 participating in SNAP, visit our FAQs or view FAQs from ODJFS.

P-EBT for Summer 2022

The Pandemic – Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Program will provide funds to buy food for kids who normally qualify for free or reduced-price school meals or who are under 6 in a SNAP household.

  • Each eligible child will receive $390.50 split over two payments.
  • The first payment of $191.70 will be issued by the end of June.
  • The second payment of $198.80 will be issued by the end of July.
  • Students eligible for free or reduced-price school meals that are not participating should submit an application to their school by July 31 to receive Summer EBT funds by the end of September.
  • To learn more, visit our FAQs.

P-EBT for Kids Under 6 on SNAP for School Year 2021-2022

The Pandemic – Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Program will provide additional funds retroactively to buy food for kids who are under 6 in a SNAP household and were not eligible for school-year P-EBT through a K-12 school.

  • Each eligible child will receive up to $255 for August 2021 through February 2022 by the end of June 2022, depending on whether they were eligible every month.
  • Benefits for eligible children for March through May 2022 will be issued after data becomes available.
  • Benefits will be issued directly on existing Ohio Direction Cards.
  • To learn more, visit our FAQs.

Will I get P-EBT?

To be eligible for P-EBT funds for Summer 2022, preschool/pre-K 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 under the Community Eligibility Option

To be eligible for P-EBT funds for Summer 2022 and retroactively for School Year 2021-22, children under 6 must:

  • Be participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food assistance) AND
  • Not attend a school that operates the National School Lunch Program

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 Summer 2022 or all or part of School Year 2021-22, but you have not received your P-EBT funds by the end of July, 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)

  • Benefits will be issued to your existing P-EBT card. If you have never received P-EBT before, you will be issued a new card.
  • You do NOT need to apply for P-EBT.
  • You MUST keep your card(s). Funds will be added to the same card(s).

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 benefits issued to a P-EBT card you have already received 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 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.
  • I have a child that was not previously receiving P-EBT and I am NOT enrolled in SNAP (food stamps)

    • Watch the mail for a P-EBT card that will be mailed to you.
    • You do NOT need to apply for P-EBT.
    • You MUST keep your card(s); funds may be added at a later date.
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