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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.

Update mailing address

If you need to update your mailing address, please use our online help form. Address changes cannot be made by phone.

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.

Summer 2022 P-EBT

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

2022-2023 school year

Although no decision has been made about P-EBT benefits 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 five and younger is approved, benefits will be added to the family’s household EBT card.

Prior year benefits

2021-2022 school-year

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 a temporary food benefit available to 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

Who to call with questions?

P-EBT Call Center

The P-EBT Call Center can be reached Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Submit questions to the P-EBT Call Center through the P-EBT Help Form or by calling 651-431-4608 or 833-454-0153. Please do not submit multiple help forms on the same topic as this does not result in a faster response and slows staff’s ability to respond to others. 

The call center and help form can help you:

  • Answer general questions relating to P-EBT 
  • Change the address where your P-EBT card will be sent 
  • Understand notifications you received from the P-EBT program 
  • Answer questions about the amount and timing of benefits issued to a P-EBT card 
  • Activate a P-EBT card if your issue could not be resolved by EBT Edge.

Direct questions about eligibility for free or reduced-price school meals to your children’s schools.

EBT Edge Customer Service

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For support for existing P-EBT cards, call 888-997-2227 or visit www.ebtEDGE.com. You do not need to request a new P-EBT card for benefits for the 2021-2022 school year, as benefits will be loaded onto existing cards. 

Customer service is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. EBT Edge can help you:

  • Activate a P-EBT card
  • Replace a lost or stolen card
  • Check your balance
  • Access transactions such as benefit issuances.

View How to use your MN EBT Card (PDF)

The EBT Edge mobile application is available for IOS and Android at www.FISGLOBAL.COM/EBTEDGEMOBILE.

Text notification system instructions

The Minnesota Department of Human Services will send text messages to families of children who are approved for P-EBT benefits and who provided their school with a valid cell phone number. Texts will be sent when benefits are issued to families who are eligible for P-EBT benefits. Families may opt out of texting by responding “STOP” at any time.  

Additional information about P-EBT texting, including a phone number and email address families can contact for assistance, as well as privacy information is available on our P-EBT texting webpage.

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