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SNAP is a federal program that provides allotments for food purchases to low income households in Ohio

Ohio has experienced record rates of unemployment and economic hardship during the COVID 19 pandemic. Many Ohioans are finding it difficult to meet their basic needs. SNAP can be an important safety net to prevent food insecurity. Federal legislation in March 2020 and December 2020 added important new benefits to the SNAP program. 

SNAP allotments are generally based on income and expenses and allotments can vary depending on your unique situation. However, during the public health emergency all SNAP households are entitled to receive the maximum benefit for an assistance group. In addition, a 15% increase has also recently been approved, meaning that a household of one person would be entitled to $234 in food assistance.

There are also important new SNAP assistance benefits for children attending online or hybrid model schools. Students can receive P-EBT benefits if they were eligible for free or reduced price meals and a school participating in the National School Lunch Program OR if the school they were attending offers free meals to all students. Students are eligible to participate if they are attending a school that has operated fully remote for at least five consecutive days between Aug.1, 2020-June 30, 2021 or if they are attending a school that has operated a hybrid schedule for all students for at least five consecutive days between Aug. 1, 2020-June 30, 2021. Students are even eligible if the school they are attending is holding in person classes but they have opted to attend remotely. Eligible students will receive $6.82 in P-EBT benefits for every day they are unable to attend in person learning.

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Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc.

Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc.

Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) is a non-profit regional law firm that provide high quality legal assistance in civil matters to help eligible low-income individuals and groups in western Ohio achieve self reliance, and equal justice and economic opportunity.