Louisiana Summer EBT Sun Bucks Program

Louisiana families will get ‘SUN Bucks’ for children starting Friday. Here’s what to know.

BATON ROUGE — Low-income households in Louisiana will start receiving summer grocery benefits for children starting Friday.

Approximately 300,000 families will receive funds on June 21 through the SUN Bucks program, also known as Summer EBT. Each family will receive a one-time payment of $120 per school-aged child (5-18). Most eligible families will get SUN Bucks automatically, but some parents will need to apply.

SUN Bucks provides grocery-buying benefits to low-income families with school-aged children when schools are closed for the summer.

“We do expect a large percentage of eligible children will receive benefits in time for summer,” said Aly Rau, Assistant Secretary of Family Support. “The SUN Bucks program, along with the other federal nutrition programs like SUN Meals, will provide Louisiana students with access to nutritious meals during the summer months.”

Who’s Eligible for SUN Bucks?

Eligible children in the following categories will receive SUN Bucks automatically, without need for an application, beginning in June:

  • Children whose families received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP) benefits during the 2023-24 school year
  • Children receiving Medicaid
  • Children who applied and were individually approved to receive free or reduced-price school meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

Additionally, children in the following categories may be eligible to receive SUN Bucks but will need to apply:

  • Children experiencing homelessness
  • Migrant children
  • Children who receive free or reduced-price school meals but did not complete an NSLP application (for example, if the child attends a Community Eligibility Provision school where all students are provided free or reduced-price meals without applying)

How Will Benefits Be Issued?

Benefits will be rolled out in three phases, beginning in June with children who received SNAP during the 2023-24 school year. Benefits for these children will be added to their household’s existing Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. Other eligible children who do not have an existing EBT card will be issued one when their benefits are issued.

What If I Need to Apply?

For children who are not streamlined eligible and need to apply, information about the application process will be provided soon on the new Louisiana SUN Bucks website.

What Should Families Do Now to Be Ready?

SUN Bucks will be issued to EBT cards and mailed to the address on file for each eligible child. Therefore, it is important that families ensure their mailing address is up-to-date on their SNAP, FITAP and/or Medicaid case, and with their child’s school.

How Long Do SUN Bucks Last?

Under federal regulations, SUN Bucks must be used within 122 days from the date the benefits are issued, or they will be removed from the card. Once the benefits expire, they cannot be added back on the card.

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