Food assistance program for Ohio students approved through end of school year

Food assistance program for Ohio students approved through end of school year
Ohio students who normally receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program will continue receiving Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) payments through the end of the school year, ODJFS announced Thursday. (Source: Pixabay)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is working hard to keep children fed during the pandemic.

Ohio students who normally receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program will continue receiving Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) payments through the end of the school year, ODJFS announced Thursday.

This program is for students in remote and hybrid learning models, according to a press release.

“Because accessing nutritious food is critical during the pandemic, we are thrilled to help Ohio families alleviate a major source of stress during these unprecedented times,” ODJFS Director Kimberly Henderson said in a press release.

P-EBT benefits can be added to the existing Ohio Direction cards of families that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, according to a release.

If a family in need does not have SNAP, a P-EBT card will be sent to them. No application is needed.

Nearly 900,000 children received a portion of $260 million in P-EBT funding in spring of 2020. In the fall of 2020, 510,000 children received a portion of $59 million in P-EBT funding, according to a press release.

Apply for SNAP benefits here.

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