Summer EBT Program

Summer EBT is a new food support program provided by the USDA that provides families $120 for eligible school-aged children to buy groceries when school is out for the summer. 

Summer is a time when many children lose the free and reduced-price meals they get at school, and when households might need a little extra help putting meals on the table. Most families will get these benefits automatically, but some parents will need to apply. The new program is in addition to free meals that kids of all ages can get at summer meal sites in their communities. 

How it works

  • Families will receive $120 per eligible child for the summer period. 
  • Benefits will be pre-loaded and a new Summer EBT card will be sent for each school-age eligible child beginning at the end of July or beginning of August.
  • The Summer EBT card will have the child’s case number and name listed on the front of the card.
  • Benefits can be used at authorized retailers, like grocery stores and farmers markets, to purchase healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, meats and other protein sources, whole grains and dairy.

Who is eligible

  • Students whose family is eligible for free or reduced meals determined by the Application for Education Benefits
  • Student's household participates in SNAP, FMIP, FDPIR, or TANF 
  • Student is in foster care 
  • Student's household receives Minnesota Medical Assistance

How to apply

  • Many families will get Summer EBT automatically if they are getting other benefits, but some families may need to apply.
  • If the household already participates in any of the public assistance programs listed above, they will be automatically enrolled and do not need to apply.
  • Households will need to contact nutrition@isd477.org to get an application if they are not automatically enrolled.
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Other News

Summer hours are effective June 3 through August 9, and most schools are open by appointment only.

FREE Summer Meals Program Starts June 10. All children ages 1-18 can eat for FREE at Princeton Primary School.

Make sure you fill out your bus form before school is out! Palmer Bus will be re-routing starting in June so it is essential that you secure your child's spot for the first day of school.