Funds for the USDA’s Summer EBT for Children program are available once again for those households that received free or reduced school meals at a participating school. Households must apply online by April 15 to receive a Summer Nutrition EBT card.
The Cherokee Nation’s WIC Nutrition Program administers the Summer Nutrition Project, which is only available to those students eligible for free or reduced school meals during summer months when school is not in session.
Students do not need to be tribal members to apply. This is not the WIC program, but it provides the same foods WIC does. The Summer Nutrition Card works like a debit card. Food is loaded onto your Summer Nutrition Card before you receive it for three benefit periods. Each school-age child in the household will receive food on the Summer Nutrition Card for each of the summer months. You can use your Summer Nutrition Card at grocery stores that accept the Cherokee Nation eWIC card.
To apply online, visit: https://health.cherokee.org/.../women-infants.../sebtc/.
For more information, call the Summer Nutrition Project team at (539) 234-3265 or toll-free at (800) 256-0671, extensions 5257 or 5589. You can also email WICSEBTC@cherokee.org.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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