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120 Extra Dollars for Ohio’s 250,000 SNAP Families: SUNbucks Initiative Launches This Summer to Combat Summer Hunger!

Ohio’s SUNbucks Initiative Provides Vital Support to SNAP Families

Meijer Partners with Auburn University to Enhance SNAP Benefits in Ohio

According to WKBN27, during summer 2024 Ohio families receiving SNAP benefits will get extra help through the SUNbucks initiative. Each eligible child enrolled in SNAP will receive an additional $120 to help cover the gap left when school meals aren’t available over the summer break. Administered by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) this program will automatically add funds to existing Ohio Direction cards by July 31. The initiative aims to ensure families statewide have essential nutritional support during this time when children are not in school.

Meijer a leading grocery retailer has partnered with Auburn University’s Hunger Solutions Institute to extend further assistance to SNAP clients in Ohio. By reducing the price of 1% or fat-free milk by 40% Meijer aims to stretch SNAP dollars and make nutritious dairy products more affordable. This initiative complements Meijer’s existing efforts to support SNAP recipients including a 10% discount on qualifying produce purchases and free home delivery services. These measures not only enhance access to essential food items but also promote healthy eating habits among families facing financial constraints.

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120 Extra Dollars for Ohio’s 250,000 SNAP Families: SUNbucks Initiative Launches This Summer to Combat Summer Hunger! (PHOTO: No Kid Hungry)

Addressing Food Insecurity: Ohio’s Integrated Approach to Support SNAP Recipients

These initiatives reflect a collaborative approach between public and private sectors to tackle food insecurity among vulnerable households in Ohio. By expanding financial assistance through SUNbucks and improving affordability through discounted milk and produce stakeholders aim to alleviate economic pressures while fostering nutritional well-being. As families navigate challenges such as economic uncertainties and seasonal variations programs like SUNbucks and Meijer’s discounts play a pivotal role in ensuring that Ohio’s SNAP recipients have access to adequate and nutritious food supplies throughout the summer months promoting overall health and stability within communities.

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