Sun Bucks (Summer EBT) Information

  • For additional assistance, please contact Dawn Chaisson, Child Nutrition Supervisor. dchaisson@stmaryk12.net   

    Link to Sun Bucks Website. 

     

    WHAT ARE SUN BUCKS?

    Starting in summer 2024, Louisiana SUN Bucks, also referred to as Summer EBT, will provide families with $120 for each eligible school-aged child to buy groceries during the summer break.

    WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR SUN BUCKS?

    Most eligible families will get SUN Bucks automatically, but some parents will need to apply.

    The following children are eligible to receive SUN Bucks summer benefits and will be automatically enrolled in the program. There is no need to apply.

    • Children whose families received SNAP or TANF benefits during the 2023-24 school year.
    • Children receiving Medicaid.
    • Children who applied and were individually approved to receive free or reduced-price school meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

    These children may be eligible to receive SUN Bucks but must apply to determine eligibility:

    • Children experiencing homelessness.
    • Migrant children.
    • Children who receive free or reduced-price lunch, but did not complete an application.

    Even if your family doesn’t fall into one of the categories listed above, your child may still be eligible for SUN Bucks based on your family’s income.

    HOW ARE SUN BUCKS ISSUED?

    The SUN Bucks program will be rolled out in three phases beginning June 2024. Please bookmark this page and check back regularly for updates. And be sure to follow DCFS on Facebook, X/Twitter, and LinkedIn for the latest news!

    Phase 1: Launching in June 2024! Children who received SNAP benefits during the 2023-2024 school year are eligible for streamlined certification and will be automatically enrolled. SUN Bucks benefits will be added to their existing Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card beginning June 2024.

    Phase 2: More information coming soon!

    Phase 3: Keep checking back for updates!

    WHAT DO FAMILIES NEED TO DO?

    It is important that families ensure their mailing address is up-to-date on their SNAP, FITAP and/or Medicaid case, and with their child’s school. EBT cards will be sent to the mailing address that is on file.