Summer EBT Frequently Asked Questions
- Q1: What is Summer EBT?A1: Summer EBT is a program established by Congress in December of 2022 that will provide approximately $40 a month per eligible child during the summer months to supplement summer meal sites.
- Q2: When does Summer EBT start?A2: Summer EBT begins in the Summer of 2024.
- Q3: Who qualifies for Summer EBT?A3: Any child who is directly certified for free school meals (through programs such as SNAP, TANF, or Medicaid (in states that have adopted Medicaid direct cert)) or who has been applied for free or reduced-price school meals and has been deemed eligible will qualify.
If your student attends a Community Eligibility or Provision 2 school and is not directly certified through another benefits program, you will need to apply through your state.
- Q4: Does Summer EBT replace Summer Meal Sites?A4: No. Summer EBT and the Summer Nutrition Program are complementary programs . Eligible families are encouraged to take advantage of both programs.
- Q5: Does this count against me under public charge?A5: No, it does not. Using P-EBT benefits does not impact you or your child’s immigration status. The public charge rule does not apply to P-EBT benefits.
- Q6: Where can I find more information?A6: This program is still being designed and created by USDA and states. More information will be posted as it becomes available.