Get FREE Stuff with Your Ohio EBT Card!

(Last Updated On: September 7, 2018)

An Ohio EBT card can do so much more than buy groceries and give you cash benefits. It can also be used for discounted admission, growing a garden and so much more! Check out all the awesome and unadvertised Ohio EBT perks we’ve discovered!

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Amazon offers steep discounts on Amazon Prime membership for low income customers! You’ll need to verify that you receive food stamps or Medicaid to get this incredible price.

Cell phones and service are available FREE. If you qualify for Ohio EBT, you may qualify for a FREE smartphone and FREE monthly service (including data)! Find out who offers free phones and service in your area. 

Internet is essential to daily life. You could qualify for Internet as low as $5 per month! Learn how to get discounted Internet services here!

Power companies may provide free weatherization services, free appliances and other perks for low income customers. Search for your power company here!

Property tax exemptions for low-income seniors and disabled veterans may be available from your local county assessor’s office. Contact your assessor’s office for more information, including income limits and application instructions.

Student loans? If you qualify for Ohio EBT, you also qualify for income-based repayment plans! These plans can cost you as little as ZERO dollars per month and can even result in total loan forgiveness! Get the details on these low income student loan repayment plans here!

Veterinary care is so expensive! If you need help paying for pet care, we’ve found some resources for you. Get the details here!

YMCA usually offer discounts for low income individuals and families. If you’ve got Ohio EBT, you may be able to get a discounted membership to your local YMCA! Since details vary by location, you’ll need to contact them directly for more information.

Wait — you can’t afford to miss this!

You could qualify for more food stamps funds! Who doesn’t need more grocery money every month? If you’ve been struggling to make ends meet, I have good news. We’ve found several legal ways that you can increase your monthly food stamps balance! If you’re ready to get more grocery money each month, then you won’t want to miss this post!

You can even get cash back from your food stamps card! It’s true and it’s legal – no cash benefits required. One of our readers earned an additional $437.84 just by shopping with her food stamps card. She uses that extra money to buy diapers, wipes and other essentials. Here’s how.

Did you know you could buy this with your Ohio EBT card?

Did you know you can buy this?! Many people think that you can only buy food with your food stamps card, but that’s not technically true. Your food stamps card can do much more than buy groceries! You can also buy seeds, produce-bearing plants, some birthday cakes and even certain gift baskets!

Did you know you can shop here?! You can use your Ohio EBT funds in some unexpected places. In addition to most grocery stores and gas stations, you can use your card at Costco, many farmer’s markets and even Schwans food delivery trucks! Some retailers even give you discounts when you shop with your Ohio EBT card!

Look for farmers markets that advertise a Double Value Coupon Program. With these programs, you can get twice as much produce as you pay for! You can find more information about farmer’s market discounts here, here and here. You can find a list of all Ohio farmer’s markets that accept EBT by clicking here.

Get museum admission discounts with your EBT card!

For your convenience, we’ve organized our free and discounted museum admission list alphabetically by city. We have also used green titles to indicate Museums for All partners because these museums will provide discounts to people with an EBT card from any state.

It is important to remember that you cannot pay for admission with your EBT card. You will show the EBT card to receive the discount but you will need to pay the remaining admission price, if any, in cash or with a credit/debit card.


Akron Art Museum – $3 per adult

Visit the Akron Art Museum for just $3 per adult! Children 17 and under are always free.

Akron Zoo – $3 per person

If you have Ohio EBT, then you can bring up to four people to the Akron Zoo for just $3 per person! There is a $3 parking fee, so you may prefer to ride the Metro for your visit.

Akron Children’s Museum – $1 per person

Enjoy a hands-on play space at Akron Children’s Museum! The museum’s exhibits promote STEM learning, health, wellness, arts, culture, and citizenship concepts through fun exhibits that incorporate Akron’s rich history. Up to four people can visit for just $1 each with a valid EBT card!

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens – $3 per adult

In addition to touring the 70 acres of landscaped gardens, you can also visit the historic 65-room Tudor Revival Manor House, Gothic Revival Conservatory and Gate Lodge. With your EBT card, you can bring four adults to Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens for $3 each. All the children accompanying you will visit free!

Summit County Historical Society – $3 per person or less

The Historical Society runs the John Brown Home and the Perkins Stone Mansion, as well as other sites throughout Akron and Summit County. The Perkins Stone Mansion is open for self-guided tours. As a Museums for All partner, the Summit County Historical Society charges $3 or less per person when you show your EBT card. I’ve reached out to find out the exact admission rate and I’ll update this when I have more information.


Canton Museum of Art – $3 or less per person

In addition to being a Museums for All member, Canton Museum of Art is free for everyone every Thursday between 10am and 8pm and on the first Friday of every month!


Cincinnati Zoo – $39 memberships

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden offers discounts for families with food stamps cards! Even better, they honor that price for people with EBT cards from any state!

With your EBT card, you can receive admission for just $6 per adult and $3 per child. You’ll also pay just $1 for parking!

If you prefer, you can purchase a standard family membership for just $39 per year. This membership includes unlimited free admission and parking for an entire year! The membership covers up to two named adults and all children ages 18 and under. It normally costs $129, so that’s a huge savings! Thanks for the tip, Katrina!

Duke Energy Children’s Museum – $2 admission

Consistently ranked in the top 10 children’s museums in the United States, Duke Energy Children’s Museum features eight themed adventure areas. These include a wilderness adventure, a complex machine exploration and a Kids’ Town.

With an EBT card and valid photo ID, you’ll receive $2 per person admission and free parking.

Taft Museum of Art – $3 per person

The Taft houses a small fine arts museum inside a National Historic Landmark built in 1820. Its collection includes European and American paintings, Chinese porcelains and major works by Rembrandt, Goya, Reynolds and more. It also boasts a Gothic ivory sculpture.

Taft Art Museum is just $3/person with Ohio EBT


Cleveland Botanical Garden – $1 per person

Explore 10 acres of diverse gardens and the 18,000 square foot Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse. There is a Japanese Garden, Inspiration Garden, Children’s Garden,  herb garden, woodland garden and more. In the Glasshouse, you’ll discover a lush Costa Rican rainforest populated with butterflies, birds and more.

The EBT cardholder and their immediate family can receive admission to the Cleveland Botanical Garden for just $1 per person. Children 2 and under are free.

Children’s Museum of Cleveland – (temporarily closed)

Although the children’s museum is temporarily closed while they renovate their new Midtown location, I was informed by another blogger that they offered discounted admission for Ohio EBT recipients at their prior location. It’s possible that they will continue this when they re-open but I was unable to confirm this because, well, they haven’t reopened yet.

Norah wrote:

“The Children’s Museum in the University Circle area of Cleveland has a program where families who are low-income can enter the museum at a reduced admission price year-round.

From their Web site: “Visitors baring an Ohio Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card (including the Ohio Direction Card, Ohio EPPI Card, Electronic Child Care System Cards (Red), WIC Nutrition Card and WIC coupons) and a valid form of photo ID will be granted admission to the Museum for up to four (4) guests for only $2 per person.””

Cleveland Ohio EBT benefits

Cleveland Museum of Art – FREE

Okay, so this isn’t necessarily an EBT benefit… because the Cleveland Museum of Art is always free to the public!


Center of Science and Industry (COSI) – $49 per family, per year

If you have an Ohio Directions card, Medicaid card or WIC enrollment paperwork, you can save up to a lot of money on a COSI family membership! Instead of the full family membership rate, you’ll pay just $49 for a Family Access membership.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens – FREE

Visitors who can show a photo ID and an Ohio Directions card can receive free admission on the first Sunday of the month between 10am and 5pm. A Medicaid card or WIC card can also be used instead of an Ohio Directions card.

If you qualify for the free first Sundays, you also qualify for a discounted access membership. For just $25, you can receive unlimited admission for a year for up to two adults and all children under age 18. This pass usually costs $80!­


Victoria Threatre Association – $10 per seat

The Victoria Theatre Association offers $10 seats through the Dayton Power & Light Company CHEAP SEATS program. This program provides balcony seats for select performances. This not an EBT specific discount, so anyone can purchase them! Get the details on the Victoria Theatre website.


Holden Arboretum – $1 per person

More than 20 miles of hiking trails snake through the 3,600 acres of the Holden Arboretum, making this one of the largest arboreta in the US. There are more than 120,000 plants here and the venue has been designated an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society. There is also a visitor’s center, reference library and picnic area here.


AHA! A Hands-On Adventure Children’s Museum – $2 per person

Explore 30 hands-on exhibits across 4,000 square feet of adventure space! AHA! encourages children to get busy in the “work” of play. Children under 6 months old are free.


Kingwood Center Gardens – $3 or less per person

Visit a half dozen elegant gardens, a mansion, greenhouse, garden shop and more! Picnicking and carry-in food are welcome! Guided tours are available. Children ages 6 and under are free.


Massillon Museum – FREE

MassMu, also known as the Massillon Museum, features rotating exhibits, events and programs. They also have some fascinating personal collections. This historical museum is completely free!

Mt. Vernon

Science & Play Intersect (SPI) – $1 per person

Science & Play Intersect (SPI) is a fun and engaging science center. They offer many financial accessibility programs. In addition to being a Msueums for All partner, they also offer a limited number of FREE memberships to families in need! Apply at SPI for the membership program. Parking is free!


Trumbull County Historical Society Museum – $3 or less per person

Trumbull County Museum provides permanent and rotating exhibits, programs, events and more. As a Museums for All partner, Trumbull charges $3 or less per person to visit the museum!

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