Children who get free and reduced-price school lunches may be eligible for summer food benefits

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LANSING, Mich. Sixteen Michigan school districts and intermediate school districts have been selected for a program that provides food benefits during the summer for any child who received free or reduced-price school lunches. 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, in collaboration with Michigan Department of Education, is participating in the 2019 Summer EBT for Children (SEBTC) program.

The following school districts have been selected for 2019:

  • Alpena-MontmorencyAlcona Educational Service District.
  • Crawford-Oscoda-Ogemaw-Roscommon (COOR) Intermediate School District.
  • Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District.
  • Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District.
  • Copper Country Intermediate School District.
  • Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District.
  • Flint Community Schools.
  • Genesee Intermediate School District (Students participating in ISD programs only).
  • Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District.
  • Huron Intermediate School District.
  • Iosco Regional Educational Service Agency.
  • Marquette Alger Educational Service Agency.
  • Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District.
  • Sanilac Intermediate School District.
  • Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (Alba, Buckley, Forest Area, Kalkaska, Kingsley and Traverse City school districts only).
  • Tuscola Intermediate School District.

This program receives a U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded grant that provides food to students eligible for free or reduced-price school meals within select public school districts during the summer months. Summer 2019 will be the eighth year of the program in Michigan. One-hundred percent of families surveyed in 2018 said they would use the program again if it was made available. Over 56,000 students will receive the benefits this year.

Eligible students receive a Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Bridge Card in the mail.

The 2019 Summer EBT for Children program began June 1 and benefits expire on Sept. 2. Each student receives $30 in nutritious food per month for the three months of summer containing items such as milk, eggs and fresh fruits, and vegetables.

Cards and program materials are mailed directly to families that are eligible to participate. The card comes pre-loaded with a food package containing nutritious foods that families can redeem in any WIC-authorized store. Once the family calls the number on the back of the card and enters a Personal Identification Number (PIN), the family can begin redeeming benefits.

School districts were selected based on recommendations from the USDA, the Michigan Department of Education and the WIC program, and focused on local access to food service programs in the area. Those areas without sufficient summer food service programs given the number of eligible students were prioritized for this summer.

For more information about the Summer EBT for Children program, visit www.sebtc-mi.com, or call 888-265-3291.

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