Assemblyman Schnall Announces Launch of Summer EBT Program to Combat Child Hunger

Assemblyman Avi Schnall is happy to announce the newly established Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) program, which is available to all school children eligible for free or reduced lunches. This EBT initiative is designed to combat food insecurity among children during the summer months, and is part of the broader efforts by the new Office of the Food Security Advocate (OFSA) to ensure that no child goes hungry when school is not in session.

Summer EBT aims to provide additional support to families by offering $120 per child for food purchases over the summer break. For a family with three eligible children, this equates to $360 in benefits, ensuring nutritious meals continue when school-provided meals are unavailable.

Any child in a school that already receives the State lunch program will automatically be enrolled in the Summer EBT program Children who are in schools that do not receive the State lunch program must apply for the Summer EBT. To facilitate the process, parents are encouraged to submit school meal applications and household surveys to their child’s school by April 19 to be among the first to receive the benefit in June. Applications will continue to be accepted throughout the summer.

For additional information, contact Assemblyman Schnall’s Office at 848-245-9486 or visit  www.nj.gov/summerebt

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