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.
2021-2022 school-year P-EBT
Minnesota’s P-EBT plan for school-aged children for the 2021-2022 school year has been approved by the USDA. For the 2021-22 school year, students will be eligible for P-EBT benefits if:
- The school they attend participates in the National School Lunch Program or the Seamless Summer Option; and
- The student is eligible for free or reduced-priced meals.
And one or both of the following:
- Their school closed or shifts to remote learning or has reduced hours or attendance for five consecutive days due to a COVID impact.
- Parent reports to the school that the absence is due to a COVID impact (and school accepts it meets the criteria).
A child will receive $7.10 per day in food benefits for each school day missed due to a COVID impact. The full daily benefit level is equal to the free reimbursement for breakfast, lunch and snack for the 2021-22 school year.
For those who already have a P-EBT card, do not throw it away. The Department of Human Services will add benefits to your existing card. There is a $2 fee to replace the card. Newly eligible recipients will receive a card in the mail. Please allow up to four weeks after the department notifies you of your eligibility for P-EBT benefits to receive your new card. The department will notify you via text or email.
Families who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF) are considered pre-approved for free or reduced-price meals and do not need to complete an Application for Educational Benefits to qualify for P-EBT
Children enrolled in a school-based pre-K program are eligible for P-EBT benefits.
Frequently Asked Questions
P-EBT for 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, and who received SNAP, MFIP or Tribal TANF benefits. It is a federal program created to provide food assistance to families with students or children in child care facilities who did not receive meals when child care facilities were closed or had reduced hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Frequently Asked Questions