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IMPORTANT INFORMATION: New summer nutrition program provides $120 benefit card for qualifying students

SUN Bucks logoEligible families will receive a $120 benefit card per student to help buy food during the summer through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new Summer Electronic Benefits (EBT) program, also known as SUN Bucks.

Students are automatically enrolled in SUN Bucks if they currently qualify for certain public assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Medicaid, or if they are in foster care. The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) will send their families a benefit card to the mailing address on file with their school. (Please make certain your address is up to date.)

Those who are not automatically enrolled can apply for the SUN Bucks benefit if they believe they meet the income threshold. The IDHS Summer EBT website outlines the program’s income requirements, and a Summer EBT application will be posted to the site later this summer.