COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Some Ohio school children are eligible to receive a little more than $300 for free and reduced lunch reimbursements after school closures resulted from the coronavirus crisis.
All Pandemic – Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) cards will be mailed by June 19, according to Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Some cards were mailed June 11.
The P-EBT program is additional money for families to buy food due to COVID-19-related school closures.
You will receive P-EBT funds if your child(ren) were in grades K-12 in the 2019-2020 school year and:
- Received free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program OR
- Attended a school where every student gets free meals
All children in the Columbus City School district qualify for the P-EBT program.
Here’s some more information to know about the program:
- Eligible Ohio families will receive $5.70 per child for each day a school was closed due to COVID-19.
- Children eligible for free and reduced-price meals as of March will receive a total of $302.10. Children that became eligible for free and reduced-price meals in April will receive $239.40.
- Use P-EBT as well as grab-and-go meal sites to meet your children’s food needs.
- Using P-EBT does not impact you or your child’s immigration status. The public charge rule does NOT apply to P-EBT funds.
If you think your family qualifies, but you do not get a letter in June, call ODJFS at 1-866-244-0071.