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What is P-EBT?

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. Families with eligible children will receive a lump sum payment of $325 per child on a new or existing EBT card to help fill the gap created by a loss of school meals. Families with eligible children will also receive a lump sum payment of $100 dollars per child to help feed their children during the summer when many summer meal programs were closed. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has authorized the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the Minnesota Department of Education and Code for America to operate the program. The deadline to apply for these benefits was on July 31, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

What were the results?

P-EBT has helped thousands of Minnesota families feed their children nutritious meals during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 265,000 children across all Minnesota counties have received P-EBT benefits. Approximately $116 million in school-year and summer P-EBT benefits has been issued to Minnesota families to help them purchase groceries, the vast majority of which will be spent at food retailers who employ local workers. Across Minnesota, families of approximately 81% of potential eligible children applied for and received P-EBT benefits.Information about P-EBT participation can be found on this map of P-EBT enrollment by county.

A survey about P-EBT benefits will be sent by text message. The Minnesota Department of Human Services is sending a survey by text message in the last week of October. The text will be sent to P-EBT recipients who have given a cell phone number. You will not receive a survey if you have opted out. The phone number the text will be sent from is: 1-855-965-0703. The department will not ask for private information through text.

I haven’t received my card. What can I do?

We sent denial notices to applicants by email. If you did not provide an email address with your application, the denial notice was mailed to the physical address you provided. Please check your email and postal mail carefully.

If you did not receive P-EBT benefits or a denial notice, it is likely that we do not have your correct address. Please complete the P-EBT Help Form and include your current correct address.

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Who to call with questions?

P-EBT Hotline

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The P-EBT phone hotline has closed as of July 31, 2020. For assistance please, submit questions on the P-EBT Help Form and staff will follow up with you by phone or email. Please include as much information as possible, as this will help us resolve your question more quickly. If you do not have access to a computer or internet and need assistance with the web form, you can contact either Hunger Solutions at 1-888-711-1151, or Second Harvest Heartland at 1-844-764-5513. 

Support offered through the P-EBT Help Form includes:

  • Help activating your card, if your issue could not be resolved by EBT Edge
  • Help with issues related to address changes
  • Information on what to do if you received a duplicate card
  • Information on what to do if you received an incorrect benefit amount
  • General questions about Summer P-EBT benefits.

Submit questions on the P-EBT Help Form

EBT Edge Customer Service

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For EBT card support, call 888-997-2227 or visit www.ebtEDGE.com. Customer service is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. EBT Edge can help you:

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

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