Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a temporary food benefit available to Minnesota families with children approved for free or reduced-price school meals when school operations are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) authorizes the P-EBT program. The Minnesota Department of Human Services and Minnesota Department of Education collaborate in operating the program in Minnesota.
Effective Sept. 1, 2022, food benefits will be removed from EBT and P-EBT cards after nine months of not being used. Once removed, these benefits cannot be replaced.
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Update personal information
Parents must contact their children’s school to update birthdates or addresses or the name of the parents or legal guardians. Contact the school’s main office and ask for the P-EBT staff, and request that the school update the information in the P-EBT portal. Not updating the information may delay receiving benefits.
2022-2023 school year
Although a decision about P-EBT benefits has not yet been made for the 2022-23 school year, families are encouraged to complete an Application for Educational Benefits (free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program). Applications are available from the child’s school.
For those who already have a P-EBT card, do not throw it away. If P-EBT is approved, benefits will be added to your existing card. There is a $2 fee to replace the card.
If P-EBT for children age 5 and younger is approved, benefits will be added to the family’s household EBT card.
Prior year benefits
All P-EBT benefits for the 2021-22 school year have been issued. The Department of Education and the Department of Human Services are no longer looking back for missed benefits, including summer benefits.
Minnesota’s P-EBT plan for school-aged children for the 2021-2022 school year has been approved by the USDA. A child will receive $7.10 per day in food benefits for each school day missed due to a COVID impact. Frequently Asked Questions
5 and Younger
P-EBT for 5 and Younger is for Minnesota families with children who were age 5 or younger on Sept. 1, 2021; who received SNAP, MFIP or Tribal TANF benefits; and who did not receive meals when child care facilities were closed or had reduced hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Frequently Asked Questions
Summer P-EBT provides $435 per eligible child to families to help purchase food during the summer months. It also includes children 5 and younger (as of Sept. 1, 2021) who are eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF) assistance.
Students receive a one-time summer benefit of $435. If your children received P-EBT benefits in July or August, they will not receive benefits in the next distribution. The fall distribution for school-aged children is only available to newly eligible students who had not previously received summer benefits for the 2021-22 school year and who meet the following criteria:
- Students did not receive P-EBT benefits during the 2021-22 school year.
- Students were enrolled in a Minnesota school in the last month of the 2021-2022 school year.
- Families applied for National School Lunch Program free or reduced-price meals between July 1 and Sept. 2, 2022, and were approved by their school.
Please allow up to four weeks to receive a new card. If you have lost your card, contact EDGE at 888-997-2227 or https://cardholder.ebtEDGE.com to request a new card.
Children 5 and younger receive the summer benefit in two separate payments. Frequently Asked Questions.