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September 15, 2020

Ohio approved for second round of Pandemic-EBT benefits for 490,000 school children

When schools suddenly closed in March in response to COVID-19, the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program filled a critical gap in the food budgets of struggling families in Ohio. As I wrote in May, Congress created P-EBT to provide groceries to families whose children were missing out on free or reduced-price school meals. Ohio’s Departments of...

May 19, 2020

Ohio’s new Pandemic EBT program will provide groceries for 850,000 Ohio children

Learn more at Highlights On May 12, Ohio received approval to operate the federally-funded Pandemic EBT program 850,000 school-age children will receive a $300 benefit to spend on groceries without needing to apply Regional analysis shows all Ohio areas will see a boost in economic activity from Pandemic EBT New child food insecurity data...

April 10, 2020

COVID-19 & Emergency SNAP Allotments: What You Need to Know

On April 7, 2020, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced the issuance emergency SNAP (food stamp) payments to many SNAP households to help buy food during the pandemic crisis. Will I get extra SNAP benefits? If your monthly SNAP benefit is less than the maximum SNAP for your household size in...

April 1, 2020

Seeking Unemployment Insurance? Remember to apply for SNAP too.

Highlights: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides critical food dollars to families facing a loss of income. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SNAP benefits will increase for many and application processes will be streamlined. Families applying for unemployment should simultaneously apply for SNAP, which can be done online at In response to...

May 7, 2018

Community Engagement is Critical for Success as Ohio and its Counties Modernize Work Support Programs

May 7, 2018 INTRODUCTION Ohio’s County Departments of Job and Family Services are in the midst of significant changes to the way they administer public assistance programs – including food, cash and medical assistance. These programs are designed to help low-income families get back on their feet. In each of Ohio’s 88 counties, new technology...

January 25, 2018

Ohio Benefits Pilot Update

Updated March 1, 2018 OHIO BENEFITS PILOT For the first time since 2013, three of Ohio’s core work support programs – Medicaid, Food Assistance (SNAP), and Cash Assistance (OWF) – are one step closer to being re-integrated into a single eligibility. KEY TAKEAWAYS New eligibility system being piloted in five counties will roll out to...