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Press Release

Release Date: June 19, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

  • Nutrient-rich foods like the products pictured are available to children attending public school within the Chickasaw Nation and parts of the Choctaw Nation. If a student receives discounted or free school meals they are also eligible for summer time meal assistance through Chickasaw Nation Nutrition Services.

Families with children who receive free or reduced school meals are eligible for free food this summer through a program offered by the Chickasaw Nation.

Chickasaw Nation Nutrition Services is accepting applications for the summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) for children program.

Once approved, families will receive Summer EBT cards in the mail, along with a list of participating stores and a shopping list to help identify approved food items.

This federally-funded program is open to the public and is in its sixth year of operation. Last year, the program served over 26,000 students.

Summer EBT for children benefits do not affect any other program benefits families may be receiving.

To qualify for this program, a child must be enrolled in a participating school district in grades Pre-K–12 and receive free or reduced meals at school. Qualifying school districts are within the Chickasaw Nation and parts of the Choctaw Nation.

Applications can be completed online at or over the phone at 580-272-1178 or 844-256-3467 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This telephone number will also be available to any participating family with questions on using the EBT service.

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