How Families Can Apply for Pandemic Food Assistance

(WJW) — It’s not too late for families with students to apply free or reduced-price school meals in the Pandemic-EBT program.

Families currently enrolled in the EBT Summer 2022 program were to receive a payment of $191.70 in June and another payment of $198.80 by the end of July, for a total of $390.50.

Families whose students are eligible but not participating in the program can submit a request to their school by July 31 to receive the additional benefits by the end of September.

Benefits will be issued directly to existing Ohio Direction Cards or a new card will be sent to you, if you do not have one.

Here is a checklist for families with a child in preschool/pre-K through 12th grade to determine your eligibility for P-EBT summer 2022 funds:

  • Received free or discounted meals through the National School Lunch Program OR
  • Attended a school where every student receives free meals as part of the community eligibility option

Click here to find out if your child’s school participates in the National School Lunch Program.

If you have not received P-EBT Summer 2022 funds by the end of July and you believe your family is eligible, call ODJFS at 1-866-244-0071.

Click here for more information on Pandemic – Electronic Transfer of Benefits.

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