New Summer EBT Program to Alleviate Child Hunger, Generate Economic Activity in Illinois

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Families in Chicago/Illinois will get some relief this summer when the State rolls out a brand-new benefits program that will keep children fed throughout the school holiday. More than 1.15 million eligible children will receive a one-time benefit of $120 through an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card to purchase food over the summer when school is out. However, some families will need to apply through their schools to receive the benefit (we’re trying to get the word out before the academic year ends). The new Summer EBT program is the first permanent federal benefits program in 50 years and could result in about $137 million in benefits being distributed to low-income families this summer. With one in four households with children in the Chicago Metro area currently facing food insecurity, the program will help alleviate childhood food insecurity during the summer and ensure kids remain nourished and active over the holidays, ready to resume learning when classes begin in the fall. It is also expected to generate up to $247 million in economic activity in Illinois. The program represents a huge opportunity to reach hundreds of thousands of children who rely on free or reduced-price school meals for nutrition. Less than 12 percent of children who receive a free or reduced-price school meal are enrolled in a free summer meals program. The Food Depository is leading a statewide campaign to make sure families know about this new program and how to get connected. Families should go to to learn all about Summer EBT and how to get connected.

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