What is P-EBT? Will there be P-EBT for the 2020-2021 school year?
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a temporary food benefit available to Minnesota families with children who would have received free or reduced-price meals if schools were open. During the 2019-2020 school year and the following summer, eligible families received up to $425 per child to help feed their children while many schools and summer meal programs were closed. 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 the operation of the program in Minnesota.
Congress has authorized the P-EBT program for the 2020-2021 school year. States recently received guidance from the USDA about required changes to the program. This new guidance includes significant changes from the 2019-2020 school year P-EBT program and we are working to ensure that all eligible Minnesotans are able to access this important program. In late December, the Minnesota Department of Human Services submitted the state’s P-EBT plan to the USDA and we are currently awaiting approval or modification.
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