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SUN Bucks

The U.S. Department of Agriculture authorized a new permanent nutrition program called Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (Summer EBT), or commonly referred to as SUN Bucks. 

SUN Bucks will provide a $120 annual grocery benefit to eligible families with school-age children during summer break.

To be eligible for SUN Bucks, a child must be identified as direct certified due to participation in SNAP, TANF, income eligible Medicaid (185% of federal poverty guideline), and those that are foster, homeless, migrant, or income eligible by the application. The benefit will be distributed to the household by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) in last Summer 2024.

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will work in partnership with the IDHS to collect eligible student data through student's enrolled school and other state facilities.

Program Benefits
  • You will received $120 for each eligible child on a card through three installments of $40.00.
  • Food items can be purchased during the summer at grocery stores, farmers markets, and other authorized retailers when school is out.
Eligibility
Currently Eligible Students

Students currently eligible through participation in SNAP, TANF, income eligible Medicaid (185% of federal poverty guideline), and/or those that are foster, homeless, or migrant are automatically enrolled in the program so you don't need to apply.

  • You will received $120 for each eligible child on a card through three installments of $40.00.
  • SUN Bucks will be automatically loaded on your existing card in Summer 2024.
  • These funds must be used by [date}, after which the benefit will no longer be available.
  • Receiving SUN Bucks will not affect children or families' immigration status. If you receive more than $120 per eligible child in your household, do not use the benefits and contact [Lead SEBT agency information] as soon as possible to confirm the error.
To Become Eligible For SUN Bucks

If your household is less than 185% of the Federal level (link to chart), children in your household may be eligible for SUN Bucks.

If you think your children are eligible, you can receive SUN Bucks by filling out a Summer EBT application. It is important that your child's enrolling school has your correct mailing address on file. This address will be used to mail Summer EBT cards.

For more information about the Illinois Summer EBT/SUN Bucks program, visit the DHS website ( www.dhs.state.il.us/).

IDHS ill also be setting up a customer help line at (833) 621-0737 to assist families. The agency will be able to assist with:

  • card distribution
  • timeline
  • usage
  • allowable expenses
  • lost or misplaced cards.

In addition to SUN Bucks, children under 18 years of age in your household can also receive free meals during the Summer Meals Program. 

Attend the Summer Meals site at Zion Elementary District 6. Read More...