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SNAP Map reveals states will get a $120 boost next month

SNAP recipients in many U.S. states will receive additional payments this summer if they have school-age children.

Under the federal government’s new plan, SUN Bucks, families who normally rely on free or reduced-price meals throughout the school year will receive an additional $120 per child to help them pay for groceries during the summer holidays .

Feeding America, one of the nation’s leading charities fighting hunger and poverty, said the program will help feed about 20 million children in participating states.

“This new program couldn’t be launched at a better time. In 2022, more than 13 million children in the U.S. – one in five – were living in food insecure households,” said Vince Hall, Chief Government Relations Officer of Feeding America. Newsweek. “This is a 44 percent increase from the previous year and the highest rate of food insecurity for children since 2014.”

Which states are participating?

  • American Samoa
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Guam
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Ohio
  • Specific tribes within Oklahoma, but not the state itself
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Washington, DC
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) also indicates that some states are in the process of signing up but have not yet filed, as shown in the map below.

Newsweek contacted the USDA for comment via email outside of normal business hours.

Who can get SUN Bucks and when?

Families with children when any of the following apply are eligible for SUN Bucks:

  • They are required to attend school and your household already participates in benefits such as SNAP, FDPIR or TANF.
  • Your child attends a school that offers the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programme, and your household income meets the requirements for free or reduced-price school meals.

Payment dates are also not the same for every state. According to information updated by the USDA on May 19, payments will be made in June, July or August, depending on where you live.

You can view complete implementation information for your state here.

Should I apply?

The majority of eligible families do not need to sign up, but the USDA says some who are not automatically enrolled can register directly.

How do I get SUN bucks?

Once you’re enrolled, SUN Bucks can be automatically added to your SNAP account, issued as a separate EBT (electronic benefit transfer) card, or sent in other ways depending on where you live. In some US territories, the benefit is issued using paper coupons.

Where can I use SUN Bucks?

The USDA has said that stores, online and in-person, that currently accept SNAP benefits will also accept SUN Bucks.

Why aren’t SUN Bucks available in every state?

SUN Bucks are not available everywhere because states had to sign up for the program Newsweek which was reported earlier this year.

Some states decided not to participate because they have their own summer food programs for youth, while others said they disagreed with the Biden administration continuing programs first implemented during the coronavirus pandemic.

US Map Shows SNAP Payments Update
A map published by the Food and Nutrition Service shows which states will face a $120 payment increase in June 2024.

Food and Nutrition Service