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Over 500,000 Eligible Children to Receive $120 Food Benefits: Washington State’s SUN Bucks Program Summer Support Details Unveiled

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Washington State’s SUN Bucks program provides $120 food benefits to over 500,000 eligible children.

Washington State’s SUN Bucks Program to Provide Summer Support for Over 500,000 Children

Washington state is set to help more than 500,000 children this summer with the SUN Bucks program. This is the first year all states have access to these funds. Unlike previous aid during COVID-19, SUN Bucks is a separate program, according to the report of The Center Square.

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services and the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction are working together to distribute benefits starting in early June. Families eligible for free and reduced-price meals automatically get a $120 food benefit. The program is income-based requiring families to have submitted an application at the beginning of the school year.

Children from families earning up to 185% of the federal poverty line, around $58,000 for a family of four, can qualify. Automatically eligible students will receive their summer meal cards soon while others can apply online from June. This helps those most in need when school meals aren’t available.

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Washington State Superintendent Emphasizes Nutritious Options in SUN Bucks Summer Program

State Superintendent Chris Reykdal stressed the importance of nutritious meals for children’s well-being. SUN Bucks supports healthy choices like fresh produce and farmers markets.

There are concerns about where SUN cards can be used, as some stores may not offer healthy options. However, the program allows flexibility in purchasing items like fresh produce and cold foods.

While federal funding covers most expenses, Washington allocated about $2.5 million for administration. SUN Bucks benefits supplement existing summer meal programs, encouraging families to participate in community meals.

Families with questions about SUN Bucks can call a contact center or opt in for text alerts about their child’s status.

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