Increasing Food Security: New York Launches Summer EBT Program

New York State — As summer approaches, the issue of food insecurity becomes even more critical for families, especially those with children. In a proactive move, New York State is launching the Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) program in 2024. This initiative aims to provide low-income families with food benefits during the summer months when kids may not have access to school meals.

The Basics of Summer EBT

  • Eligibility: Most eligible children will automatically receive Summer EBT food benefits. However, some families may need to apply.
    • Automatically Eligible:
      • Children receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance (cash) benefits.
      • Children directly certified for free meals through Medicaid.
      • Children determined eligible for free/reduced-price school meals through the National School Lunch Program.
    • Eligible Through Application:
      • Children attending schools participating in the National School Lunch Program.
      • Household income must be at or below 185% of the federal poverty level.

Summer EBT program

  • Benefits: Each eligible child will receive a $120 Summer EBT food benefit in 2024.
  • Usage: Summer EBT benefits can be used like SNAP benefits to purchase food at grocery stores, farmers markets, and other authorized retailers.
  • Issuance: Benefits will be issued throughout the summer, with eligible children attending public schools receiving benefits first.

Addressing Childhood Hunger

The Summer EBT program, combined with other federal nutrition programs such as SNAP, WIC, and summer meal sites, ensures that children have access to healthy food even when school is out. Let’s work together to combat food insecurity and support our communities.

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