Wednesday, May 25, 2016
SUMMER ELECTRONIC BENEFITS REDUCE CHILD HUNGER
Providing low-income children with $30 to $60 a month during the summer reduced severe food insecurity, according to a USDA report. The Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children (Summer EBTC) demonstration project was also associated with positive nutrition changes in participating children. the Summer EBT demonstration project provides parents or guardians of children eligible for free and reduced-price meals with a monthly benefit via a debit-type card that can be redeemed for food purchases throughout summer when children do not have access to school meals. Providing low-income children $30 or $60 per month per child during the summer reduced the most severe type of food insecurity by one-third. A $60 per month per child benefit cut less severe food insecurity by 10%.
Source: USDA, 5/11/16, Summer Benefits