Ohio Direction Card November 2022 Payments and Where to Use SNAP EBT for Discounts

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Ohio residents who qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits receive their payments on the same schedule each month, based on the last digit of their case number. This will also be the case in November. Payments start on the 2nd of the month and continue until the 20th.

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November also marks the second month in a row that SNAP recipients will receive a major cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in their monthly filing for fiscal year 2023. The COLA went into effect October 1, 2022 and increased the maximum monthly benefit of 12.5%.

Ohio’s SNAP program is administered by the state’s Department of Jobs and Family Services (DJFS). Benefits are deposited monthly into SNAP accounts linked to your Ohio Direction Card, its version of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. Cards can be used anywhere you see the Ohio Direction Card sticker, including most grocery stores and some other retailers.

SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps, is a federal program that provides food assistance to low-income households. Although part of the United States Department of Agriculture, the program is administered at the state level.

SNAP benefits in Ohio and elsewhere also come with other perks that go beyond shopping for food, including discounts on select products and services. Here is a brief overview of the additional great deals you can get with your EBT card:

  • Amazon Prime discount: Recipients of SNAP and SNAP EBT Cash benefits (or Medicaid benefits) are eligible for a 50% discount on their Prime membership. To see if you qualify, visit amazon.com/prime/qualifiify.

  • Museum discounts: Those with SNAP benefits can enjoy free or reduced admission to more than 850 museums and arts groups across the United States, including through the Museums for All program. According to the Food Stamps Now website, participating museums in Ohio include the SPI Where Science and Play Intersect in Mount Vernon; Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology in Newark; Kingwood Center Gardens in Mansfield; and the Little Buckeye Children’s Museum in Mansfield.

  • Agricultural markets: You can also use your SNAP EBT at participating farmers markets to purchase fresh produce. The USDA’s Food Nutrition Service (FNS) provides a monthly list of the names and locations of markets across the country that are currently authorized to accept SNAP benefits.

  • Lifeline program: If you are a SNAP beneficiary and your income is below a certain level, you may qualify for free or low-cost landline or cell phone service through the Federal Lifeline program, according to Food Stamps Now. You can also benefit from discounted Internet service. Check with your provider to see if they offer the program.

For food purchases, after you buy something with your Ohio Direction Card, a receipt will show the amount of your purchase and how much benefit you have left in the account. If you need to know your balance but don’t have your latest receipt, call the toll-free number (866-386-3071) on the back of your Direction card. You can also access your information online at the ConnectEBT site.

SNAP recipients can use their direction cards to purchase these food items:

  • Fruits and vegetables

  • Meat, poultry and fish

  • Dairy products

  • Breads and cereals

  • Snacks and soft drinks

  • Seeds and plants, which produce food for the household.

Some of the items you cannot purchase with SNAP benefits include alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, vitamins, drugs, supplements, live animals, pet food, cleaning products, paper and cosmetics. In Ohio, you also cannot use SNAP to purchase hot meals because it is not one of the states that operates a restaurant meal program through SNAP.

You can apply for SNAP benefits online at Benefits.Ohio.gov or submit a claim at your county’s Department of Employment and Family Services office. You can also file a SNAP request through your local Ohio Benefit Bank website.

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Benefits are deposited on Ohio Direction Cards between the 2nd and 20th of each month, based on the last digit of your case number. Here is the filing schedule for November 2022:

The file number ends with:

Benefits available:

0

November 2

1

November 4

2

November 6

3

November 8

4

November 10

5

November 12

6

November 14

seven

November 16

8

November 18

9

November 20

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