USDA estimates 21 million kids will get summer food benefits through new program in 2024
January 10, 2024
Nearly 21 million children in the U.S. and its territories are expected to receive food benefits this summer through a newly permanent federal program, the United States Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday.
Thirty-five states, all five U.S. territories and four tribes opted into the Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer program, or Summer EBT, which the government says is meant to supplement existing programs during the summer that have had a more limited reach.
"No child in this country should go hungry," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in an interview with The Associated Pr...