FREE Summer Nutrition Program

The Cherokee Nation Women Infant and Children (WIC) Program is now taking applications for their Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children project (SEBTC). This federally funded program is available to anyone; you do not have to be Native American to qualify.

The SEBTC project is a trial demonstration to monitor and provide nutritious food to children during summer months, when school meals are not available. Cherokee Nation WIC is coordinating the project which directly provides eligible households with summer nutrition cards to purchase WIC-approved foods.

Qualifying families will receive approximately $30 of free food per child per month for May, June and July. Benefits are available through an EBT card, which works like a debit card and allows participants to purchase healthy food for the summer.

Participation in this program will have no impact on other government assistance that participants may receive.  Cherokee citizenship is not a requirement and will not affect eligibility for this program.

The deadline to apply is April 14, 2021 by 5:00pm.

Online Application:

  • Gadugi Citizen Portal
    • If you are a Cherokee Citizen and have signed up for the Citizen portal please click here.
  • Apply without Gadugi Portal Access
    • If you are a non Citizen or a Citizen that has not signed up on the Citizen portal please click here.

For questions please email wicsebtc@cherokee.org or call SEBTC at 539-234-3265 or 800-256-0671 ext. 5589 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.