Arkansas to participate in federal summer food program
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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