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Serving South Jersey

Benefits of NJ Summer EBT for Summer 2024

In June 2024, New Jersey will launch Summer EBT, a child nutrition program intended to reduce hunger and food insecurity for children during the summer when school is not in session.

Benefits of Summer EBT

● Helps parents and caregivers buy healthy foods for their children.

● Gives families the flexibility to select foods that fit their culture and lifestyle.

● Improves food security and diet quality for children.

Eligibility and Enrollment

Children are eligible for the program if:

● the household already participates in SNAP, FDPIR, TANF, etc., OR

● the child attends a school that offers the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Program and the household income meets the federal requirements for free or reduced-price school meals. Many families will get NJ Summer EBT automatically, but some families may need to apply.

The benefits will be mailed on a new EBT card for each child and can be used to buy groceries. Families will receive $120 per eligible child for the summer. Benefits can be used at authorized retailers, like grocery stores and farmer's markets, to purchase healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, meats, and other protein sources, whole grains, and dairy.

Visit to learn more about this new program.


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