On Dec. 23, 2022, Congress authorized Summer EBT as a permanent program. FNS is working with states and local partners to implement this new program. Visit our Summer EBT webpage to learn more.
As part of its efforts to end child hunger, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) created the Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (SEBTC) demonstration to study the use of SNAP and WIC electronic benefits transfer (EBT) technology in providing food assistance to low-income children during the summer by providing their families with more resources to use at food stores.
- 2011 Proof of Concept Year: Small-scale “proof-of-concept” demonstrations of the EBT-based approaches began in summer 2011 in two states for the WIC model (Michigan and Texas) and three states for the SNAP model (Connecticut, Missouri and Oregon). Each state provided benefits to 2,500 children in summer 2011.
- 2012 Expanded Operations and New Sites: All five proof-of-concept states are increasing operations in summer 2012 to serve 5,000 children in the 2011 demonstration areas. Four of these states (Connecticut, Missouri, Oregon and Michigan) are also serving an additional 5,000 children in new parts of their states.
In addition, five new states and Tribal Organizations will begin implementing SEBTC projects in 2012 each providing 5,000 children with benefits: Cherokee Nation (WIC), Chickasaw Nation (WIC), Nevada (WIC), Delaware (SNAP) and Washington (SNAP).
Documents Related to SEBTC
Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children (SEBTC) Demonstration: A Summary Report
Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (SEBTC) Demonstration: Evaluation Findings for the Third Implementation Year: 2013 Final Report
Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (SEBTC) Demonstration: Evaluation Findings for the Full Implementation Year 2012 Final Report
Congressional Status Report: Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children Demonstrations, 2012
Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (SEBTC): Evaluation Findings for Proof-of-Concept Year - November 2012
Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer For Children: Early Experiences through June 2011 of the Proof-of-Concept Year
Congressional Status Report: Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children Demonstrations, 2011
Send questions about the Summer Food for Children Demonstrations to CNDInternet@fns.usda.gov.