Friday, February 5, 2016
FOOD FOR KIDS IN THE SUMMER
The President’s FY2017 Budget will invest $12 billion over 10 years on a permanent Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (Summer EBT) program to provide supplemental food benefits during the summer months for all families with children eligible for free and reduced price school meals. Currently only a fraction of the children eligible to receive free and reduced-price meals during the school year get them when school is not in session. Summer EBT provides benefits on an electronic debit card that can only be used for food at the grocery store and fills the food budget gap in the summer. Rigorous evaluations of Summer EBT pilot programs have found that they can significantly reduce food insecurity among children and improve their diet.
Source: White House Press Office, 1/27/16, Summer EBT