USDA is requesting states to apply to lead demonstrations using Electronic Benefit Transfer technology to deliver food benefits to families of children certified for free and reduced-price school meals. An important tool for state and federal governments to address child nutrition, the Summer Food Service Program improves the lives of millions of low-income children during the summer by providing nutritious food and resources to support summer education and recreation programs. The next phase of the program is to look at the likelihood of delivering summer food benefits to school children with existing EBT technology.
States selected will be provided with the necessary funds to test household-based methods of giving low-income children the nutrition assistance needed during the summer with the Special Nutrition Assistance Program and Women, Infants and Children EBT technology as the delivery mechanism. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says efforts to combat hunger don't end on the last day of the school year and that's why it's important to ensure access to nutrition assistance for children when and where they need it, especially during the summer months.
Applications are due Oct. 29. They may be submitted by hand delivery, mail or electronically on www.grants.gov.