Extra Food Stamps in Ohio for March 2023

Extra Food Stamps in Ohio – March 2023

Are you are trying to find out if SNAP recipients will receive extra food stamps in Ohio for March 2023? Well, we have some unfortunate news. The USDA has cancelled the Emergency Allotment (EA) Program on March 1, 2023.

This means that SNAP recipients will no longer receive extra food stamp benefits. February 2023 was the last month that SNAP recipients will be sent extra food stamp benefits. This change to SNAP will effect nearly 673,000 households in Ohio.

If you want to know more about the new changes to food stamps and how much of a decrease in benefits you can expect, then continue reading below.

In addition, we will cover what to do if you didn’t receive your extra food stamps for February 2023 and when your SNAP benefits for March 2023 will be sent out.

In this article, we will cover:

  • Changes to the Food Stamps Program
  • How much will my benefits decrease?
  • Extra Food Stamps for Ohio – February 2023
  • Food Stamps Deposit Schedule for March 2023
  • Ohio SNAP EBT FAQs

Extra Food Stamps for Ohio - March 2023

Extra Food Stamps in Ohio – March 2023

As we stated above, Ohio will no longer be issuing extra food stamp benefits in March 2023.

This means that the Emergency Allotment benefits will expire after the February 2023 issuance.

Making February the last month to receive your extra SNAP and food stamp benefits in Ohio.

Since March 2020, Ohio has been using this temporary SNAP flexibility to provide emergency food benefits to households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, this program has been discontinued as of March 2023 and SNAP households will see a significant decrease in their benefits.

In addition, households that receive SNAP and Social Security benefits will see a decrease in their SNAP benefits because of the cost-of-living increase to Social Security benefits that took effect on January 1, 2023.

To learn more about the changes to food stamps, how much of a decrease you can expect in your food stamp benefits you can expect, continue reading below.

Changes to Food Stamps for March 2023

On March 1, 2023, the Emergency Allotment Program will expire for all SNAP recipients nationwide.

The Pandemic Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as P-SNAP was implemented to help address temporary food needs caused by COVID-19.

P-SNAP provided emergency allotment benefits to households based on size.

Beginning March 2023, all SNAP benefit amounts will return to pre-pandemic normals for all food stamp households.

Why are the extra food stamp benefits ending?

The extra food stamp benefits were a temporary increase in benefits to help low-income households deal with the hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act passed by Congress ends emergency allotments after the February 2023 issuance. This means that for March 2023, all SNAP benefits will return to normal amounts, without the added supplement.

How much can families expect to lose in benefits?

Families are expected to lose an average of $82 per person in extra benefits. That means a family of four can expect to lose an average of $328 in food stamp benefits each month.
However, the steepest loss will be for seniors receiving SNAP benefits. Seniors receiving the minimum benefit amount can expect to lose $258 in monthly food stamp benefits. Their SNAP benefits are expected to fall from $281 a month to $23 a month.

How much will my food stamp benefits decrease?

For those Ohio households receiving food stamp benefits, you can expect to see at least a $95 decrease in your benefits.

Households receiving emergency allotment benefits were provided with an additional $95 in benefits OR the difference between their current benefits and the maximum benefit amount for their household size each month (whichever amount was greater).

When emergency allotments in March 2023, you will return to your normal SNAP benefit amount.

To find out how much your normal SNAP benefit amount is, check out our Ohio Food Stamps Calculator for more details.

If you still haven’t received your Emergency Allotment benefits for February 2023, find out when the extra food stamps were sent out for February below.

Extra Food Stamps for Ohio - February 2023

Extra Food Stamps for Ohio – February 2023

To find out when you should have received your February Emergency Allotment EA benefits on your Ohio Direction EBT Card, see below.

Did Ohio issue extra SNAP benefits in February 2023?

Yes, Ohio was approved by the USDA to issue SNAP emergency allotment (EA) benefits to SNAP households for the month of February 2023.

Each eligible household received one emergency allotment per benefit month.

When was I supposed to receive my extra food stamp benefits for February 2023?

Ohio Emergency Allotment benefits were NOT issued with regular food stamp benefits.

The extra food stamp benefits for February were issued to Direction Cardholders on Monday, February 27, 2023.

Any SNAP recipients approved for benefits after 2/27/23 should have received their extra food stamps 1-day after they are approved.

How Many Ohio SNAP Recipients received Extra Benefits in February 2023?

According to data provided by the USDA, the state of Ohio issued $126,715,582 in extra SNAP benefits to over 673,339 SNAP households in February 2023.

I did not receive Extra Food Stamps in January 2023 – what can I do?

Extra food stamps benefits for January 2023 were paid on Tuesday, January 24, 2023.

However, if you did not receive your benefits for November, contact your local Ohio Food Stamps office.

How do I check to see if I received my extra SNAP benefits?

To find out if you have received your extra SNAP EBT benefits for January or February, check your Ohio SNAP EBT Card balance.

The Emergency Allotment benefits will be automatically deposited to your card EBT Card on your scheduled date.

Check out our article, to find out how to check your Ohio EBT Balance.

Ohio Food Stamps Deposit Schedule for March 2023

Ohio food stamps are deposited into your EBT Card account between the 2nd and 20th of each month. Your Ohio SNAP deposit date varies based on the last digit of your Case Number.

For March, your Ohio Food Stamps Deposit Dates are as follows:

If your Case Number ends in: SNAP Benefits are deposited on:
0 March 2nd
1 March 4th
2 March 6th
3 March 8th
4 March 10th
5 March 12th
6 March 14th
7 March 16th
8 March 18th
9 March 20th

"Ohio Food Stamps FAQs"


Here are the most frequently asked questions about the Ohio SNAP and EBT program.

Can Ohio Food Stamp Benefits be used at Fast Food Restaurants?

Currently, no, Ohio food stamps and SNAP benefits cannot be used to purchase food at fast food restaurants.

In order to use the Ohio Direction Card at fast food locations, the USDA must approve the state for the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP).

This would allow certain SNAP clients to use their EBT Card benefits at approved fast food and restaurant locations in Ohio.

At this time, Ohio has not been approved for the Restaurant Meals Program. We will update this if anything changes.

Will SNAP Income Limits Be Increased This Year?

Yes, on October 1st 2022, the new SNAP income limits for applicants were increased. The new Ohio food stamps income limit for 2022-2023 are as follows:

Household Size Gross monthly income
(130 percent of poverty)
Net monthly income
(100 percent of poverty)
1 $1,473 $1,133
2 $1,984 $1,526
3 $2,495 $1,920
4 $3,007 $2,313
5 $3,518 $2,706
6 $4,029 $3,100
7 $4,541 $3,493
8 $5,052 $3,886
Each additional member +$512 +$394

Can I use my Ohio SNAP EBT Card online?

Ohio residents receiving food stamps can use their Ohio Direction EBT Card to purchase food online through
growing list of retailers, including Walmart and Amazon.

Below is the full list of eligible grocery stores where you can shop online with Ohio EBT:

  • ALDI
  • Amazon
  • BJs Wholesale Club
  • Buehler’s Fresh Foods
  • Dave’s Supermarket
  • Earth Fare
  • Giant Eagle
  • Lucky’s
  • Meijer
  • Sam’s Club Scan and Go
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Whole Foods

Here are some retailer-specific details:

In addition to delivery options, SNAP recipients are able to order eligible food online and pick it up curbside or in-store.

Those retailers providing this service include:

Walmart — All Ohio locations

  • Place your order online or by the mobile app (IOS and Android)
  • Next, select “EBT Card” as the payment option
  • Then, pay using EBT Card at pick up or pay for delivery where available.

Giant Eagle — All Ohio locations

  • Must have a curbside order that exceeds $35
  • Call your local Giant Eagle location regarding EBT Card payment

Kroger — Select Ohio locations

  • Order online or by the mobile app (IOS and Android)
  • Select “SNAP EBT at Pickup” as the payment option
  • Pay using EBT Card at pick up or pay for delivery where available.

Will Ohio SNAP Benefits Expire if I don’t use them?

No, your Ohio food stamp benefits are made available in your account each month on your scheduled designated day.

Any benefits you use are deducted from the first benefits that were made available to your account.

If you do not use all of your SNAP benefits during the month, they stay in your account and can be used the following month.

However, benefits not used within 365 days will be removed from your account and cannot be replaced.

Extra Food Stamps in Ohio for March 2023 Summary

Here’s the bottom line about Extra Food Stamps for Ohio – March 2023:

Since March 2020, Ohio has been using temporary SNAP flexibility to provide emergency food benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, as of March 1st 2023, the extra food stamp benefits have expired.

This means that Ohio Food Stamps recipients will not be receiving extra SNAP benefits for March 2023.

Also, if you did not receive your extra Ohio SNAP benefits in February, they were paid on February 27, 2023.

Additional Questions?

We hope this post on Extra Food Stamps for Ohio for March 2023 was helpful to you.

Reminder, the Ohio Extra Food Stamps Program has ended and you will no longer receive extra food stamp benefits.

To learn more about the changes happening to SNAP, read this article here.

If you have more questions about the Ohio Food Stamps Program or Ohio Direction EBT Card, please let us know in the comments section below.

Be sure to check out our other articles about Ohio SNAP and EBT, including:
Ohio EBT Deposit Schedule for 2023
Free Admission to 60+ Locations with Ohio EBT
Ohio EBT Discounts & Deals – 2023
Free Internet with Ohio Direction EBT

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