Tennessee Launches Summer EBT Program for 2023-24 School Year

Tennessee begins Summer EBT distribution to enhance food access for children during the 2024 summer break.

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) has announced the commencement of the Summer EBT Program for the 2023-24 academic school year. This initiative, undertaken in collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Education, aims to provide additional nutrition benefits to families during the summer break of 2024.

The Summer EBT program offers a supplemental nutrition benefit of $120 per eligible school-aged child to assist families in purchasing groceries while schools are closed. Most families will receive these benefits automatically if their children are enrolled in the National School Lunch Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Families First (TANF), and/or TennCare. However, some parents will need to apply.

Eligibility for Summer EBT benefits is determined by the following criteria for students K-12 who attended school in person during the 2023-24 academic year:

1. Families enrolled in SNAP, Families First (TANF), or TennCare during the 2023-24 academic year will automatically qualify and do not need to apply.

2. Children who received free or reduced-price lunch at a National School Lunch Program (NSLP) participant school in the 2023-24 academic year are also automatically eligible.

Families who are not automatically enrolled but attended an NSLP-participating school in the 2023-24 school year must apply through the Summer EBT Parent Portal. Benefit approval will be based on income guidelines.

Eligible families will receive a one-time lump sum of $120 per child, delivered via an EBT card which can be used to purchase groceries once activated. The EBT cards will be mailed to the student’s home as per current school records.

Parents can manage their Summer EBT benefits, link their children, verify or update addresses, and sign up for text message notifications by logging into the Summer EBT Parent Portal.

For additional questions, parents can visit the Summer EBT website or contact One DHS Customer Service at 833-772-TDHS (8347).

The Tennessee Department of Human Services, led by Commissioner Clarence H. Carter, serves nearly two million Tennesseans, offering various services and programs aimed at helping residents achieve their full potential. Key programs include Child Support, Child and Adult Day Services, Families First (TANF), SNAP, Rehabilitation Services, and Adult Protective Services. More information can be found on the Tennessee Department of Human Services website.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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