USDA Summer EBT Program for Families

USDA Summer EBT Program Provides Families Support to Purchase Food

What is Summer EBT?

Nearly 30 million children participate in USDA’s school breakfast and lunch programs on an average school day. When school is out for the summer, kids lose access to these meals.

Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (EBT) is a new, permanent USDA program that provides grocery benefits to low-income families with school-aged children during the summer months when schools are closed.

How does Summer EBT help families?

The program will provide families with $120 per eligible child through a pre-loaded card that families can use to buy groceries – a format that gives families freedom of choice and protects against stigma in the checkout line.

How do I sign up for Summer EBT?

Go to to check if you’re eligible and connect to your state site to sign up today.

Who is Eligible?

If you live in a state participating in Summer EBT and your child receives free or reduced meals in schools (through an application you submitted), then you are automatically enrolled in Summer EBT. 

Your child is eligible if your household participates in benefits like SNAP or TANF OR if your child attends a school that offers the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Program and your household income meets the guidelines.

You do not need to be a U.S. citizen to be eligible and participation will not affect you or your family’s immigration status. It will not affect your ability to remain in the United States, get or keep a Green Card / Permanent Legal Resident Status, or become a U.S. Citizen.

You do not need to provide a Social Security Number (SSN) or proof of citizenship when applying for Summer EBT. Your Summer EBT application is private and protected.

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