Summer EBT

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Summer EBT update

July 11, 2024: Colorado has begun issuing Summer EBT benefits. Families of eligible students will first receive a notice of their student’s eligibility for the program through the mail. They can then expect to receive their student’s benefit card 30-45 days after receiving the initial notice of eligibility, although some families may see their cards sooner. 

For more information, visit the Summer EBT FAQ page and read our press release.

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What is Summer EBT?

Summer EBT is a new program that provides nutritious food to eligible students in the summer months when they are not in school.

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Who is eligible for Summer EBT?

Students who may be eligible for Summer EBT include:

  • Those who qualify for free or reduced-price meals while attending a school participating in the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program
  • Those who are receiving other assistance benefits, including SNAP and Colorado Works. You may qualify through Medicaid if your income is within the National School Lunch guidelines.
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How do I get Summer EBT?

Many families will automatically receive Summer EBT if their student qualifies for free or reduced-price school meals or if they participate in SNAP, Medicaid or Colorado Works.

An EBT card will be mailed to each eligible student. To prepare for this, make sure your student's school has a current address and parent/guardian information. If you are receiving SNAP, Colorado Works or Medicaid, make sure your case has a current address on file. 

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When will Summer EBT be available?

Summer EBT payments will begin being sent in summer 2024. If you are approved for benefits you will receive a notice of action stating approval and a card will be mailed to you shortly after. No action is needed.

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How much will I receive?

You will receive a single payment of $120 for each eligible child in your family.


Nondiscrimination statement

Read the USDA Nondiscrimination Statement.

Toolkit for outreach partners

CDHS has created an outreach toolkit to help government and community partners get the word out about Colorado's Summer EBT program.