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Oregon Summer EBT

New food benefits for school-aged kids

Summer EBT is a new grocery benefits program that starts this summer. It helps families buy food for their school-aged children during summer when school is out.

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Families will get $120 for each eligible child. You will get this all in one payment on an Oregon EBT card.

Already have SNAP, TANF or OHP? You don't need to apply. Summer EBT will be added to your EBT card automatically.

Don’t have SNAP, TANF or OHP? Check below to see if you’re eligible. You can apply starting this summer.

About Summer EBT

Your school-aged child is eligible for Summer EBT if:

  • Your household already receives SNAP, TANF or the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid), OR
  • Your child attends a school with the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or School Breakfast Program (SBP), and your household income meets the requirements for free or reduced-price school meals, OR
  • Your child attends a school with the NSLP or SBP and your child is:
    • Enrolled in migrant programs
    • Experiencing houselessness
    • Participating in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
    • ​Attending Head Start​

If your household receives SNAP, TANF or the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) this school year (2023-2024), your child will be signed up for the Summer EBT program automatically. Children in foster care will also be signed up automatically.​

If you believe y​our child is eligible for Summer EBT but was not signed up automatically, you can still apply. The simple application will be available starting this summer. The application will need your household income and your child’s name, school, date of birth and address.​ ​

Some children are signed up automatically for Summer EBT if their household participates in SNAP, TANF or the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid). Others can apply online, by email or using a paper application.

​If you believe your child is eligible for Summer EBT but was​ not signed up automatically, you can still apply. The simple application will be available starting this summer. The application will need your household income and your child’s name, school, date of birth and address.

Summer EBT will be put on an Oregon EBT card (Oregon Trail Card). You can use the card to buy food at grocery stores, farmers markets and other places that accept EBT cards.​​​​

If your household is part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Summer EBT will be added to your current Oregon EBT card. If more than one eligible child lives in your household, benefits for all children will be put onto the same card.​​​​

​For eligible children who do not receive SNAP or TANF benefits, Summer EBT will be added to a new Oregon EBT card. The new card will be mailed to your latest address on file. All benefits for children who live in the same household will be put on one Oregon EBT card whenever possible.​​​​

Your family can get help from other summer meal programs too. To find a free meal site near you:​​

Summer EBT does not affect you or your child’s immigration status. The public charge rule does not apply to Summer EBT benefits.

Also, the Summer EBT program does not ask for immigration status and does not use i​mmigration status to determine eligibility.


Frequently asked questions

Eligibility

​​Yes. Your child is el​igible if they are an Oregon Health Plan member or get more than $0 in SNAP or TANF benefits for at least one month between Sep. 1, 2023, through Aug. 31, 2024.

Wait for a notice to tell you if your child is signed up for Summer EBT benefits. This notice will be sent this summer. This notice will be mailed to the household​ address we have on file or sent to your email address. If you listed email as the best way to contact you, the notice will be emailed.

If you do not get a notice, you will need to apply for Summer EBT. The simple application will be available starting this summer. The application will need your household income and your child’s name, school, date of birth and address.​

​​​​​​Students who get free meals at school because they go to a Community Eligible Provision (CEP) school​ are not automatically signed up for Summer EBT benefits. You will need to fill out a simple application this summer. The application will need your household income and your child’s name, school, date of birth and address.​


Getting benefits

​​Benefits will be issued in summer 2024. You will get all your Summer EBT benefits in one payment. You will get a letter addressed to your eligible child by mail or email. If you listed email as the best way to contact you, the letter will be emailed. The benefits will be put on your household’s existing Oregon EBT card.

If you don’t already have an Oregon EBT card, we will mail one to you. The card will be mailed to the address we have on file for you.

If you already have an EBT card - Summer EBT benefits will be put on your current card.

If you have SNAP, TANF or OHP but don’t have an EBT card - We’ll mail an EBT card to the address we have on file. If you need to update your address, you can log in to your ONE Online account and select “Report a change” on your dashboard.

If you don’t have SNAP, TANF or OHP - ​You will need to apply for Summer EBT. We'll mail the card to the address you provide when you apply.

​​Yes. A one-time payment will be issued to eligible children each summer. This program starts in 2024.

Unused Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)​ is a different program that ended with the COVID-19 emergency. P-EBT benefits received in 2023 expire after nine months if you have not used your card. If you have started using your card and continue to use it, the benefits will not expire.

​​Find out how much money ​is on your P-EBT card:

If you still have a P-EBT card, you can throw it away after using the benefits.​​


The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) does not discriminate against anyone. This means that ODHS will help all who qualify and will not treat anyone differently. See the USDA nondiscrimination statement for more information.

Summer EBT is a program in partnership with the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).