For the past three summers selected Michigan families have received food assistance through a pilot program called Summer EBT for Children. This program has been conducted through a grant that the State of Michigan received from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Food insecurity during the summer months among school-aged children is a nation-wide issue. Children from low-income families receive school meals either free or at reduced-price throughout the school year. When school ends so do these meal benefits. Many families struggle to provide these additional meals to their school-aged children without the help of any additional food stamp dollars.
This pilot provided a food package to selected qualifying families valued at $60 per children per month during the summer. The food package included milk, cheese, eggs, fresh fruits & vegetables, tuna, whole wheat bread, corn tortillas, cereal, juice and peanut butter and/or beans. A $30 food package was also tested this past summer.
Over 32,000 Michigan children received these benefits this summer. The program ends soon and the participating families have until MIDNIGHT, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2013 to redeem the last of their food benefits.
Final reports and evaluation of SEBTC will be presented to Congress. The future of this program will be determined based upon this data.