Summer Bridge Card-style Program Aims at Childhood Hunger

February 22, 2013

The government is testing a new program to help low-income families in Detroit and other Michigan cities buy healthy food this summer, so that children don't hungry when they’re not in school. Selected families will receive special Electronic Benefit Transfer--or E-B-T cards--through the Michigan Department of Education and the U.S. Agriculture Department. Nick Drzal manages the test program for the state. He tells WDET’s Pat Batcheller it’s part of the federal government’s strategy to end childhood hunger by 2015. Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.

Letters will start going out to families in Wayne County on Monday, telling them how to participate in the Summer EBT test. Learn more here.

WDET’s Back to Basics series…examining Detroit’s food economy… continues on Monday with more information about efforts to get healthy meals to thousands of kids this summer. Learn more about the series at