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Maryland is leading the country with a new solution to remedy the unacceptable reality of child hunger!
Senator Cory McCray and Delegate Pam Queen championed the Summer SNAP for Children Act (SB 218/HB 338), which recently passed in both the House (with a vote of 118-21) and the Senate (with a unanimous vote of 47-0)! The Partnership to End Childhood Hunger in Maryland applauds the Maryland General Assembly for passing this bill to ensure that children have access to the nutrition they need when school is out of session during the summer and winter breaks.
Summer SNAP for Children will provide a state and county funded supplement of $30 per child per summer month and $10 for the winter break directly to low-income children (under age 19) on their SNAP EBT card. Supplemental benefits will be available on EBT cards 15 days after the federally funded SNAP benefits are issued in the months of June, July, and August. A $10 per child supplemental benefit will be issued on EBT cards 7 days after the December SNAP benefit is issued. We anticipate that benefits will begin after July 1, 2020. The state will provide funding of $200,000 annually, which will provide supplements for about 2,000 children. An additional number of children (likely < 2,000) will also benefit due to the requirement for county matching funding. The amount of the county matching funding required varies by county based on wealth.
If you want to see Summer SNAP for Children in your community, encourage your local county government to apply for Summer SNAP for Children funding from the state by December 1, 2019.