Important Information:

March SNAP Benefits to be Partially Issued on February 22

ebt cardFederal regulations require that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits be provided on or around the same date every month and that a State must ensure that a participating household does not go more than 40 days between benefit issuances. As a result of the partial shutdown of the federal government, the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) required that February SNAP benefits be made available early. In Ohio, ongoing February benefits were made available to affected households on January 16, 2019.

While issuing the benefits early ensured that there was adequate funding for February benefits, it had the consequence of extending the number of days between the last issuance in January and the next issuance in March 2019. Without additional intervention, depending on a household’s availability date, that gap would range between 44 and 59 days. In recognition of the gap, FNS issued guidance to States that they must develop a plan to mitigate the impact of the early issuance by shortening the interval between February and March issuances.

Ohio’s mitigation plan will adjust the March benefit issuance schedule. Eligible SNAP clients will receive half of their March benefit on February 22, 2019, and the rest of the benefit will be issued on the client’s normal March issuance date. This plan ensures that no household will go more than 40 days since its last issuance in January or more than 40 days until its next issuance in March.          

For more information, contact 330.643.7225 or e-mail


The Summit County Department of Job and Family Services exists to serve the people of Summit County, Ohio, by providing social and career-development services to better the lives of the entire community.

The Summit County DJFS is funded at the county, state and federal level and is charged with executing various programs designed to help people with certain financial, medical and social services. These programs are in place to help ensure that everyone’s basic needs are met, including sufficient nourishment, shelter, medical care and critical social services ranging from childcare to career development.

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Ilene Shapiro, County Executive

County Executive Ilene ShapiroCounty Executive Ilene Shapiro became the fifth Summit County Executive in August of 2016. As Executive, Ilene manages a budget of nearly a half billion dollars and nine departments including: Administrative Services, Communications,  . . .

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Agency Telephone Numbers

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844.640.OHIO (6446)

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866.351.8292 (toll-free)