SDE: Summer Meals on the Move

Summer Meals on the Move

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{Kids playing outside} Each summer, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) provide meals
for thousands of low-income children in Connecticut
when school is out and children no longer have access
to the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). However,
these programs do not reach all low-income children who face food insecurity during the summer months.

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) began the Summer
Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children Demonstration Project (Summer Meals on the Move) to address the problem of food insecurity during the summer months. Connecticut was one of the states selected by the USDA to operate Summer Meals on the Move.

In 2017, the USDA reissued funding for Summer Meals on the Move. The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), in partnership with the Department of Social Services (DSS) and End Hunger CT!, is providing Summer Meals on the Move during summer 2017. This program allows eligible school districts to provide selected families an additional resource to combat hunger in the communities where they live, while strengthening the existing summer food programs.

Summer Meals on the Move
Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Card

The Summer Meals on the Move EBT card works like a debit card to purchase food items anywhere Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are accepted. You can buy any food item that is SNAP eligible. You are encouraged to purchase fresh, healthy foods for your children from local grocery stores and farmers' markets during the summer months.

You will receive a new Summer Meals on the Move EBT card in the mail sometime near your district's last day of school. Benefits will be available on your card from June 5, 2017 through September 9, 2017. Receiving Summer Meals on the Move benefits will NOT affect any of your existing SNAP benefits.

Example of EBT Card

{Example of Summer Meals on the Move EBT card}

If you have trouble selecting your PIN, please contact DSS at 860-424-4855. To check your Summer Meals on the Move EBT balance, visit the EBT website or call Customer Service toll free at 1-888-328-2666.

Benefit Amounts for Summer 2017
June 2017: $30 per eligible child
July 2017: $30 per eligible child
August 2017: $30 per eligible child

Address Change Procedure for Traditional SNAP Recipients
If your household is a recipient of traditional SNAP benefits and your address has changed, the DSS requires the new address to be reported to the DSS in order to receive a new Summer Meals on the Move EBT card. To report an address change to DSS, call 1-855-626-6632 or visit the agency’s online address change reporting system.

Changing Information
Please contact Terese Maineri at or 860-807-2145 if you need to correct any of the following information:

  • your address has changed and your household does not receive traditional SNAP benefits;
  • your child is no longer eligible for free or reduced-priced school meals;
  • there are newly eligible children living in your households, e.g., previously non-school age children that are now school age or children that were living with a different parent; and
  • your child has graduated from high school or has not attended school during the 2016-17 school year.

Traditional SNAP Eligibility
SNAP eligibility is based on household income. In Connecticut, a household may be eligible if their income is less than 185% of the Federal Poverty Level, the same income threshold that is used to qualify for the Summer Meals on the Move program. The added benefit to a household receiving SNAP benefits is that the children are “directly certified,” or automatically eligible, for free school meals without having to fill out the Free/Reduced-price School Meal Application. To see if your household qualifies for SNAP benefits year-round, call 1-866-974-7627 or visit the SNAP prescreen websites at ConneCT or CTSnap.

{Summer Meals Location Finder}

Summer Meal Sites

There may be summer meal sites in your area that are available to your children. To find a site use the Summer Meals Location Finder
or call 1-866-974-SNAP or 1-866-974-7627.


  • Ashford
  • Borah
  • Bristol
  • Brooklyn
  • Chaplin/Chaplin Regional District 11
  • Colchester
  • Columbia
  • Connecticut Technical High School System
  • Coventry
  • Franklin
  • Griswold
  • Killingly/Danielson

  • Lebanon
  • Ledyard
  • Mansfield
  • Montville
  • Naugatuck
  • New London
  • North Stonington
  • Norwich
  • Norwich Free Academy
  • Plainfield
  • Pomfret Center
  • Putnam
  • Salem

  • Sprague
  • Sterling
  • Stafford Springs
  • Thomaston
  • Thompson
  • Waterbury
  • Waterford/Quaker Hill
  • Watertown
  • Willington
  • Windham/Willimantic
  • Wolcott
CONTACT: Terese Maineri at or 860-807-2145
Connecticut State Department of Education
Bureau of Health, Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education
Child Nutrition Programs
450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 504
Hartford, CT 06103-1841

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Content Last Modified on 5/30/2017 1:09:46 PM