New state Funded Food Voucher Program Helps Feed Families Over Summer Break

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California SUN Bucks grants children 40 dollars a month from June through August, a 120-dollar value per eligible kid. Those able to participate are children who are already eligible for free or reduced-price school meals through the school year or get CALFRESH, CalWORKS, or Medi-Cal.

Sun bucks essentially work like an EBT card, with the full summer allotment loaded onto it, which can be used for groceries at most grocery stores, farmer’s markets, and other authorized retailers, including Wal-Mart and Amazon.

Funding for the program comes from the Federal Consolidated Appropriations Act passed in December of 2022.

State officials say 5 million eligible children will automatically be enrolled this summer.

If you are not already enrolled in these programs, you can check your child’s eligibility by applying through your school’s meal application process or by filling out an Alternative Income Form.