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Governor Hobbs Announces New Summer EBT Program For Low-Income Families With School-Age Kids

The Arizona Department of Education is launching a new electronic benefit transfer (EBT) program called SUN Bucks. The program will aid low-income families with school-age children who lose the benefit of free or reduced-price school lunches during summertime school closures. Children must be enrolled in the National School Lunch Program or have received another type of food-insecurity assistance between July 1st, 2023 to June 30th, 2024. Families must also have a household income is below 185-percent of the 2023-2024 federal poverty level to eligible. Governor Katie Hobbs said the need for a summer EBT program became apparent during the pandemic. She told KAFF News those on SNAP benefits will already receive the benefits. “It goes right onto their EBT card.” Hobbs adds, “it’s a $120 cash payment that’s able to used like their regular SNAP benefits.” She said over 250-thousand kids across Arizona signed up for the program within the first five days. For more information about SUN Bucks, call the SUN Bucks hotline at 833-648-4406, email them at SUNBucks@azed.gov or visit their website at azed.gov/SUNBucks.

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