EBT restrictions (Ohio)

Vanessa Nason filed this request with the Department of Jobs and Family Services of Ohio.


From: Vanessa Nason

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Ohio Open Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

–Specific foods, products, or services that cannot be purchased using EBT cards
–Types of establishments that do not accept EBT cards (for example, jewelry stores, firearms dealers, etc.)

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Vanessa Nason

From: Angela.Terez@jfs.ohio.gov

Ms. Nason:

You can find the information you’re looking for at the following links:


“Eligible food” is defined in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 5101:4;1-03(B)(18) and 7 CFR 271.2
“Retail food store” is defined in OAC 5101:4-1-03(B)(41) and 7 CFR 271.2

All food vendors are approved by FNS. Requirements for becoming an eligible vendor can be found at 7 CFR 278.1.

Angela Terez
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
Office of Communications
30 E. Broad St., 32nd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 466-8390 (o)
(614) 572-6238 (c)

From: Vanessa Nason


Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Vanessa Nason


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