Grocery Benefits Coming This Summer

Wisconsin is the latest state to submit its notice of intent to implement Summer EBT in 2024, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

This is the program’s inaugural year. It will provide grocery benefits to families with eligible school-aged children during the summer.

EBT stands for Electronic Benefits Transfer, and it’s the tool that helps administer the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — SNAP — benefits. The SNAP EBT account is debited to reimburse the store for purchased food.

Through Summer EBT, states, territories, and certain tribal nations can provide grocery benefits to families with eligible school-aged children during the summer months. Once implemented nationwide, USDA expects Summer EBT to benefit more than 29 million children. The program aims to reduce food insecurity and help kids get the nutrition they need to grow, learn, and thrive.

“We hope that every state puts these new tools into action to build a healthier future for our country,” says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Jan. 1 is the deadline for states to submit notices of intent.

See who has joined in so far: https://www.fns.usda.gov/sebt/implementation