Jan 4, 2024 - News

Arkansas to participate in federal summer food program

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Arkansas will participate in the new Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) program geared toward feeding kids during the summer months when school meals aren't available, according to a news release from Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders' office.

How it works: School-aged children who receive SNAP benefits or are eligible for free or reduced school meals will automatically qualify for the summer EBT benefits. Families can spend $120 on groceries, and the money will be available on preloaded EBT cards.

  • The benefits are federally funded, and program administration will be evenly divided between federal and state funding, according to the news release.

Threat level: Arkansas has the highest rate of food insecurity in the country. An average of 16.6% of Arkansas households were food insecure from 2020 to 2022, compared to 11.2% nationally.

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