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Summer EBT Program

Summer EBT is a federally funded program to help families buy food for their school-aged children during the summer. Families will get $120 for each eligible child to buy groceries during the summer.


How does the program work?

In Illinois, Summer EBT will be loaded onto an EBT card and mailed to your home or added to an existing household SNAP/WIC EBT card, etc in LATE summer. If eligible, you can use Summer EBT benefits to buy food like fruits, vegetables, meat, whole grains, and dairy at grocery stores, farmers markets, and other places that accept WIC or SNAP EBT benefits. 


Is my child eligible?

Your child is eligible for Summer EBT if your household already participates in SNAP, TANF, Income Eligible Medicaid and Youth in Care.


How do I enroll?

Many families will get Summer EBT automatically if they are getting other benefits, but some families may need to apply for the program.

If your household already participates in SNAP, TANF, Income Eligible Medicaid and Youth in Care your child will be automatically enrolled in the program. You do not need to fill out an application. You will get a card in the mail, or the money will be added to your SNAP/ WIC EBT card.

If you are not automatically enrolled and believe your children are eligible, you can apply by filling out the form and returning it to Nutrition Services by email: Applications are due by Monday, June 10.

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