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Get ready: Summer food benefits arriving for Vermont kids!

Parents and guardians will be able to apply soon to see if their student qualifies for Summer EBT benefits from the State of Vermont. Summer EBT benefits will help provide nutritious meals to kids during summer break.

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What to know about Summer EBT in VermontLogos for USDA and SUN (Summer Nutrition Programs for Kids)

Summer EBT is a program that helps families get groceries during the summer break when school meals aren't available.

Many families will automatically get Summer EBT benefits if they already get other benefits. But some might need to apply. If your family already gets benefits like 3SquaresVT, you'll be enrolled in the Summer EBT program.

If your family isn't automatically in but might be eligible, you can apply easily online when applications open in August.

Two children with full lunchboxes in front of themAre you eligible?

Getting Summer EBT in Vermont couldn’t be easier! 

Kids automatically get benefits if:

• They're between 6 - 16 years old and get Medicaid with a qualifying family income, 3SquaresVT, or Reach Up; or,

• They're younger than 6 or older than 16 years old, but attend a Vermont public school or an independent school that participates in the National School Lunch Program and live in a home that gets Medicaid with a qualifying family income, 3SquaresVT, or Reach Up.

Families that qualify based on their income but aren't automatically enrolled can apply online in August. Applying is a simple process and takes just a few minutes!


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How it worksChild holding chicken eggs

If families qualify and already have an EBT card, their Summer EBT benefits will be added to it. If they don't have a card but qualify, they'll receive a new card.

Families automatically enrolled will be notified by a letter in the mail in July. 

Families that qualify will receive $120 per eligible child for healthy summer foods. 

Benefits can be used at qualified retailers like grocery stores, online retailers, and farmers' markets to buy healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, meats, whole grains, and dairy. 

Children and teens need healthy food year-round to play, grow, and learn. 

Summer EBT will help families stretch their grocery budget in the summer and provide children with the nutrition they need to thrive.

Need help? If you have difficulty understanding English or have a disability, free language assistance or other aids and services are available upon request. Please contact us at 1-888-354-0012 (Option 7) for more information.