The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has renewed ARCHS' funding to facilitate the 2018 Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children (SEBTC).
ARCHS, for the last 7 years, has partnered with the USDA to bridge the gap present among children who, when schools dismiss for summer break, lose out on the benefits provided by subsidized school meals. Often, the families of these children cannot make up for the extra funds needed to cover these meals and thus students miss out on healthy and nutritious food options, or worse potentially miss meals altogether.
The SEBTC program was created to allow for these students to continue receiving nutritious and affordable options throughout the summer break. The program gives additional funds to households with eligible children by adding extra funds to their existing EBT card balance to cover the increased need for grocery spending during the summer months.
Since 2012, this program has served over 40,000 children in the St. Louis area, resulting in an economic impact of over $350,000,000 in purchased groceries. ARCHS has been able to serve these communities through partnerships with the Ferguson-Florissant School District, St. Louis Public School District, the State of Missouri and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.
The SEBTC program is a federally funded pilot program and is not open to the public.