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Ohio residents who are eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP) benefits will receive payments according to the same schedule each month, based on the last digit of their case number. So will January. Payments begin on the 2nd of each month and continue through the 20th and include a 12.5% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) approved for 2023.
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SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, is a federal program that provides food-buying assistance to low-income families. Although part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the program is administered at the state level. His SNAP program in Ohio is administered by the state’s Department of Employment and Family Services (DJFS).
Eligibility for food aid in Ohio depends on household size and income. You can apply for SNAP benefits online at Benefits.Ohio.gov or submit an application to your county’s Department of Work and Family Services. You can also submit your SNAP application through your local Ohio Benefit Bank website.
Once your SNAP is approved, your SNAP account linked to your Ohio Directions card (a version of the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card) will be credited each month.
Ohio SNAP benefits come with additional perks beyond food purchases, such as discounts on certain products and services. For example, his SNAP recipient in Ohio can sign up for an Amazon Prime EBT discounted subscription for $6.99/month. EBT cards can also be used for free or discounted admission to hundreds of museums, aquariums and zoos nationwide. Free or low-cost landline or cell phone service is also available through the Federal Lifeline Program.
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Benefits will be credited to your Ohio Directions Card between the 2nd and 20th of each month based on the last digit of your case number. Here is the deposit schedule for January 2023:
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The card can be used anywhere an Ohio directional card sticker is displayed, including most grocery stores and certain other retailers. You can also use his SNAP EBT at participating farmers markets to buy fresh produce. USDA’s Food Nutrition Service (FNS) provides a monthly list of market names and locations nationwide that are currently authorized to accept SNAP benefits.
SNAP recipients can use Direction Cards to purchase the following groceries:
- fruits and vegetables
- meat, poultry, fish
- dairy products
- bread and cereal
- Snack food and non-alcoholic beverages
- Seeds or plants that produce food for domestic consumption
Products that cannot be purchased with SNAP benefits include alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, vitamins, medicines, supplements, live animals, pet food, cleaning products, paper products and cosmetics. Ohio also doesn’t allow hot meals to be purchased using SNAP.
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