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New Pandemic EBT changes boost food security for Ohio’s children

Low-income families with children across Ohio are receiving a much-needed boost in food assistance this summer, thanks to the continuation of the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program. In June 2022, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved two plans by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to...

New Ohio SNAP vendor and three ways to improve EBT service
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New Ohio SNAP vendor and three ways to improve EBT service

On June 13, 2022, the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS) announced a new contract with Conduent State & Local Solutions, Inc. to manage Ohio’s Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) and Electronic Payment Card (EPC) Systems for the State of Ohio. This is an important development for Ohioans who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or...

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Ohio among first three states approved to issue Pandemic EBT benefits for missed school meals during 2021-2022 school year

On November 16, 2021, Ohio became one of the first three states in the country to receive federal approval to implement a Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program during the 2021-2022 school year. Thanks to strong planning and coordination between the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), and school...

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Ohio plans to extend Pandemic EBT program for remainder of 2020-2021 school year

Ohio families with children have never more desperately needed additional food aid. According to the Census Bureau’s Pulse Survey data, visualized by Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research, more than 1 in 4 (28.9 percent) of Ohio households with children experienced food insecurity in December 2020. In addition to lost wages and unstable housing circumstances,...

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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 Job...

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

Learn more at OhioPEBT.org 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...

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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...

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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 benefits.ohio.gov In response to...

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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...

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