Summer EBT is coming!

For families facing food insecurity, summer has long marked a time when kids no longer have easy access to breakfast and lunch at school. Many parents and caregivers have to come up with at least 10 additional meals per week, per child.

This year, Oregon is taking critical steps to ensure children have access to vital nutrition during the summer months establishing the Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (Summer EBT) program in 2024. Eligible families will receive $120/child in grocery benefits during the summer months, to support child nutrition when while students lose access to free or reduced-price meals.

“Community leaders in Oregon have spent the last ten years piloting, shaping and winning a permanent, nationwide Summer EBT program,” said David Wieland, Policy Advocate at Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. “We are so glad to see this vital program being established in Oregon.” 

What is Summer EBT?
Summer EBT will provide $120 per child (approximating $40/month) on a new or existing EBT card to help supplement summer meals programs for students from low-income families.

Who is eligible?
Children who participate in SNAP, TANF or OHP will be directly certified, and do not have to fill out an application. Families who are not directly certified will be invited to fill out an application to qualify via income – applications will be available at the end of June.

How does it work?
For families that already receive SNAP and TANF, the benefits will be added to your current card. For families that don’t receive those, a new card will be mailed to your address with the benefits loaded. You can use these at any location that accepts SNAP, including grocery stores and farmer’s markets.

Find more information on the Oregon Department of Human Services website.

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