Summer EBT to be available to Liberty families

Beginning this summer, New York will implement Summer EBT, a new federal program to help low-income households with children purchase food over the summer when school is out of session and children can no longer rely on access to free or reduced-price school meals.

The Summer EBT benefit of $120 per eligible child will be issued on an Electronic Benefits Transfer card that the family can use just like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to purchase eligible food items at SNAP participating grocery stores, farmers markets, and other retailers. The new program is in addition to free meals that children ages 18 and younger can get at summer meal sites in their communities.

Children at Liberty will automatically be enrolled for the Summer EBT program if they received SNAP, Temporary Assistance or submitted an income form to the school that met income requirements for free or reduced priced meals. Certain Medicaid-eligible children will also be automatically enrolled.

An application is needed for households that meet the income guidelines for free and reduced priced meals but did not have an individual eligibility determination in the 2023-24 school year. Applications will be accepted online at OTDA.NY.gov/SummerEBT starting July 1.

The website will also offer more information on the program.  Families should seek answers to specific questions using the website before calling the helpline at 1-833-452-0096. The helpline will be able to answer questions about a specific child’s eligibility beginning July 1.

More details on the Summer EBT benefit and summer meals in Liberty will be shared as the program implementation gets closer.