Summer EBT Benefit Levels
January 30, 2024
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service has provided an update regarding the new, permanent summer nutrition assistance program for children, known as Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer (Summer EBT).
FNS published a memo that outlines 2024 Summer EBT benefit levels for all states and Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) operating the program, including the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories.
The law authorizing Summer EBT established the $40 per month benefit amount per eligible child for 2024 for the contiguous states (including the District of Columbia), and also provides authority to USDA to adjust Summer EBT benefit levels for Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands of the United States, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (“outlying areas”). Consistent with other nutrition assistance programs, USDA is adjusting the Summer EBT benefit levels to reflect the differences between the costs of providing meals and supplements in the outlying areas and the 48 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, the Summer EBT benefit amount will be adjusted annually, starting in 2025, based on changes to the cost of the Thrifty Food Plan, which is a plan developed by USDA to estimate the cost of a low-cost, healthy diet.
For more information on the 2024 Summer EBT benefit levels, please refer to this memo: https://www.fns.usda.gov/sebt/2024-benefit-levels and check out press releases announcing the higher rates for American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands of the United States:
- American Samoa
- Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
- Puerto Rico (English)
- Puerto Rico (Spanish)
- S. Virgin Islands
For more information about Summer EBT: