Millions of Dollars for NYS Eligible Children Through New “Summer EBT” Program

Summer EBT (Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer) is a new program from New York State that provides $120 per eligible student in the summer in the form of a debit card that parents receive in the mail. In order to receive these benefits, a child must be determined eligible for free/reduced price school meals through the National School Lunch Program by their school. Thus, these benefits are generated to individual families only after the school has initiated the process. Schools must complete the process by no later than June 28, 2024. (Please note: If your school does not participate in the National School Lunch Program, the students at your school are not eligible for the Summer EBT Program.)

To begin the process for families at your school, please follow the administrative steps here. While this process may be involved, there are millions of dollars at stake for Yeshiva families, and this is the only mechanism to generate the dollars. Once the funds are generated, a card will be issue to each family. Funds on each card will be available to each family for up to 122 days (after which any unspent benefits will be removed from their card).

If you have any questions regarding the EBT program, please visit the OTDA Summer EBT Website. If you have any questions regarding form submission, please use the links provided in the guidance. If further assistance is needed, please reach out to the Office of Information and Reporting Services via Datasupport: Datasupport is the NYSED Office of Information and Reporting Services online help desk that allows all inquiries to be directly routed to the data subject matter expert who is best suited to respond in the quickest manner possible.