• Sun Bucks

    What is Summer EBT?

    Summer EBT, or SUN Bucks, is a new permanent nutrition program authorized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help families buy food for their school-aged children during the summer. SUN Bucks 2024 (a new grocery benefit) will provide a $120 annual benefit to eligible children via an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) issuance by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) later this summer.  Access the “Summer EBT Fact Sheet for All Families” below.


    How do I enroll my child in SUN Bucks?

    If you meet the qualifications above, your child will be automatically enrolled in the SUN Bucks program. You do not need to fill out an application. You will get a card in the mail sent to the address your child’s school has on file. (Households are encouraged to ensure that the enrolling school has your current mailing address.) If you are not automatically enrolled and believe your children are eligible, you can apply to receive SUN Bucks by filling out a simple application. A statewide Summer EBT application will be made available after the school year has ended. More details will be shared once they are available.


    Who should I contact if I have questions?

    Your school can assist you with basic questions about Summer EBT. However, households should visit the IDHS Summer EBT webpage for more information. IDHS will be setting up a customer help line at  833-621-0737 to assist families. The agency will be able to assist with the card distribution timeline, usage, allowable expenses, and lost or misplaced cards.