$120 for SUN Bucks: A SNAP Update Food Stamps

By Elena Cordelia

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$120 for SUN Bucks

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) have announced that 12 states do not offer SUN Bucks payments for SNAP recipients. SUN Bucks, also known as Summer EBT, are available in about 34 states. Some tribes provide $120 checks to SNAP recipients, even if their state does not participate in the SUN Bucks program.

What are SUN Bucks?

SUN Bucks are part of the Summer EBT program that helps families with school-aged children during the summer months. These benefits are for families receiving SNAP, WIC, TANF, or FDPIR. If you have kids in school and receive these benefits, you may be automatically enrolled in the program.

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States Not Participating in SUN Bucks

Some states do not participate in the SUN Bucks program, even if they offer SNAP benefits. These states are:

  • Idaho
  • Wyoming
  • South Dakota
  • Iowa
  • Utah
  • Texas
  • Alaska
  • Mississippi
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • South Carolina
  • Florida

States Planning to Join SUN Bucks

Some states are not part of the SUN Bucks initiative this summer but plan to join soon. These states include:

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  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • U.S. Virgin Islands

Alternative SUN Programs

If your state does not offer SUN Bucks, there are other programs available. The SUN Meals program provides meals in parks, schools, and other locations. If you live in a rural area, look for the SUN Meals To-Go program.

Eligibility and Enrollment for SUN Bucks

To find out if your state plans to join the SUN Bucks program, visit the USDA website. Select your state on the map to get information about eligibility and enrollment. For example, if you live in Missouri, you can call 855-373-4636 for details on applying for SUN Bucks while on SNAP or if you are automatically enrolled.

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TopicDetails
Program NameSUN Bucks (Summer EBT)
Managed ByU.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)
PurposeTo provide financial assistance to families with school-aged children during summer
EligibilityFamilies receiving SNAP, WIC, TANF, or FDPIR; families with kids in SBP or NSLP
States Not ParticipatingIdaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, Iowa, Utah, Texas, Alaska, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida
States Planning to JoinMissouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, U.S. Virgin Islands
Alternative ProgramsSUN Meals, SUN Meals To-Go
Enrollment MethodsAutomatic enrollment, school meal programs, direct application
Application DatesApplications start July 1, 2024; deadline August 31, 2024
Benefit Amount$120 per eligible child
Benefit Issuance PeriodLate August to October 2024

Receiving SUN Bucks for SBP or NSLP Participants

Families with kids in the School Breakfast Program (SBP) or National School Lunch Program (NSLP) can receive SUN Bucks in three ways:

  1. Automatic Enrollment: If you already receive benefits like SNAP or TANF, you may be automatically enrolled.
  2. School Meal Programs: Kids can be enrolled if household income qualifies.
  3. Direct Application: Applications start on July 1, 2024. Families must meet income limits and apply by August 31, 2024.

Once enrolled, $120 per child will be issued on existing EBT cards or new SUN Bucks cards from late August to October 2024.

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FAQs:

What are SUN Bucks?

SUN Bucks, or Summer EBT, provide financial help to families with school-aged children during the summer months.

Which states do not offer SUN Bucks?

Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, Iowa, Utah, Texas, Alaska, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida.

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How can I find out if my state will join the SUN Bucks program?

Visit the USDA website and select your state on the map for information on eligibility and enrollment.

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Elena Cordelia

Elena is a seasoned tax consultant with a decade of expertise in income tax management. Graduating with top honors in Finance, she embarked on a career journey focused on simplifying tax complexities. Elena's insightful articles on thecsc.org provide practical guidance to taxpayers.

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