Summer PEBT/SUN Bucks & Summer Food Rocks

Summer EBT 2024 - SUN Bucks
Unlike P-EBT, not all students who attend Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools will automatically receive SUN Bucks. Even though CEP students receive free meals during the regular school year, they must be Directly Certified (receiving SNAP and/or TANF) or categorically eligible (homeless, foster, migrant, runaway) to automatically receive 2024 SUN Bucks. Otherwise, the household must apply for SUN Bucks through DHS.
CEP schools do not use household meal applications to determine meal eligibility based on income, therefor families of CEP students who do not qualify for free/reduced meals based on Direct Certification or being categorically eligible must apply for SUN Bucks through DHS.
In December 2022, a bipartisan Congress authorized a new, permanent 
program for States, U.S. territories and certain tribal nations to provide food 
dollars to low-income families with school-age children over the summer 

The program, called Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), and now 
officially SUN Bucks, is proven to reduce food insecurity and improve nutrition 
of children on summer break.
The program was successfully tested by the United States Department of 
Agriculture (USDA) in a group of states for several years and through the 
summer component of Pandemic-EBT. USDA evaluation shows that there was 
a 33% decrease in children's food hardship after benefits were issued, and 
that 2.7-3.9 million children were lifted out of hunger.

Starting in summer 2024, States, territories and certain tribal nations can 
provide $40 per summer month per child to families with eligible school-age 
children for them to buy groceries, like how Supplemental Nutrition Assistance 
Program (SNAP) benefits are used. SUN Bucks will work together with other 
USDA nutrition programs to connect every eligible child with nutritious food in 
the summer. 

Pennsylvania is one of 46 entities launching SUN Bucks in summer 2024.
SUN Bucks benefits will be issued beginning in mid-August and be complete by September 30, 2024. 
• Benefits will be expunged four (4) months after date of issuance.

Find Summer Meals in Your Community

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), also known as the Summer Meals Program, provides kids and teens in low-income areas free meals when school is out. There are a number of ways that local organizations can be a part of the Summer Meals Program. 


Families may use any of the following methods to locate sites that serve free meals to children during the summer:
•Call 211
•Call 1.866.3Hungry or 1.877.8Hambre
•Text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877877 during the summer months
•Text “SUMMER MEALS” or “VERANO” to 97779.
•Use the website: •Use the site locator for smartphones -