This article provides information on the Ohio SNAP (Food stamp) program, including the latest on the Emergency Allotment (EA) extensions for 2023.
Many state residents benefit from the federally funded, state administered program, which was designed to help families facing pandemic related hardships over the last few years. See further details and payments schedules below.
2023 Emergency Allotments
Ohio has requested and received USDA approval for paying the SNAP Emergency Allotments for January and February 2023.
The SNAP emergency allotment (EA) program provides additional “boosted” payments to households that are already getting regular state food stamp benefits.
The extra monthly EA payment will boost monthly SNAP benefits by 15%, up to the maximum amount for their household size. The minimum boost is $95, including for households that are already receiving the maximum benefit amount.
If eligible, you will get the SNAP EA payment/allotment boost on your (P-)EBT card by February 27th per the waiver notice below.
SNAP EA Benefits Ending? Is an Extension Likely?
Despite passing a $1.7 trillion spending bill, no additional funding was allocated for further SNAP Emergency allotments after February 2023.
So the extra SNAP EA boost will end in March 2023 and no further extension is in the works. I will post further updates as applicable or if this changes based on various pieces of legislation Congress is reviewing.
State SNAP Resources and Contact Information
The SNAP program assists low-income households by providing them with financial assistance to purchase food. This program helps individuals and families afford more nutritious options at grocery stores and supermarkets.
Eligible participants will be issued an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT or P-EBT) – Ohio Direction – card, which can be used to make eligible food purchases. The card is secured by a PIN, which you should change regularly to prevent unauthorized use.
See more on the state’s SNAP program page including information on payment schedules and how to apply for this and other state assistance programs.