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Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (SEBTC) Demonstration: Evaluation Findings for the Third Implementation Year

Collins, Ann M., Ronette Briefel, R., Jacob Alex Klerman, Anne Wolf, Gretchen Rowe, Ayesha Enver, Christopher W. Logan, Syeda Fatima. Marina Komarovsky. Julia Lyskawa and Stephen Bell


June 15, 2015
The Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (SEBTC) demonstration seeks to find innovative strategies for addressing hunger during summer, when low-income children do not have access to school meals. Through a rigorous evaluation, SEBTC tests the impact of a monthly benefit during the summer on children’s food security.

A prior evaluation of implementation in 2012 found that a $60 per month per child benefit reduced very-low food security among children (VLFS-C) by one-third. The 2013 evaluation examined whether a $30 benefit could produce similar results. The study indicated that the $30 benefit reduced VLFS-C as well as the $60 benefit, but the $60 benefit produced greater reductions in food insecurity among adults and the full household. 

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North America