Sun Bucks

Summer EBT or SUN BUCKS

The Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer Program for Children (Summer EBT or SUN Bucks) is new for summer 2024. Summer EBT/SUN Bucks provides grocery benefits to low-income families with school-aged children when school is closed for the summer. Summer EBT benefits will be loaded to a household’s Ohio Direction Card, or a benefit card will be sent in the mail to each eligible child.  

Families can use the money to buy food during the summer at grocery stores, farmers markets and other authorized retailers. Families will receive a one-time benefit of $120 for each eligible child and participation will not affect children or families’ immigration status.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE SUMMER EBT/SUN BUCKS AND HOW DO I APPLY?

  1. If your household already participates in SNAP, OWF or if income eligible and receiving Medicaid benefits, your child will automatically be enrolled to receive summer benefits with no further action.
  2. If you completed a meal eligibility application for 2023-24 school year and were approved for free/reduced meal benefits, your child will be automatically enrolled to receive the summer benefit with no further action.
  3. If your child attends a Community Eligibility Provision School (a school receiving universal free meals without the collection of meal eligibility applications) and your household does NOT participate in SNAP, OWF or is income eligible and receiving Medicaid benefits, but you believe that your child might be eligible, you can apply for Summer EBT at https://sebt.ohio.gov/apply/

Questions?

If you are unsure if you qualify for Summer EBT, we encourage you to complete the application at https://sebt.ohio.gov/apply/ - IF IN DOUBT, FILL IT OUT!

General Summer EBT Support Questions

Phone: 866-244-0071 Option 1
Email: support@ohio-k12.help

Questions About Summer EBT Card

Phone: 1-866-386-3071

To Check Your Application Status: https://sebt.ohio.gov/status/ 

Questions About Free or Reduced-Price Meal Eligibility