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Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) frequently asked questions

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Page updated: Feb. 10, March 9, March 18, March 26, April 2, April 21, May 25, June 21, July 16, Oct. 21

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. 

All scheduled School-Based, 5 and Younger, and Summer P-EBT benefits have been issued for the 2020-2021 school year.

2021-2022 school-year P-EBT program update

The State of Minnesota has submitted a P-EBT plan to USDA for the 2021-2022 school year. While waiting for approval the necessary IT upgrades are taking place. It may take a few months for the system to be ready to distribute benefits.

For those who received a P-EBT card for the 2020-2021 school year, please do not throw it away in case we are able to add benefits to your existing card. There is a $2 fee to replace the card.

Please continue to watch this webpage for school year 2021-2022 P-EBT program criteria and updates.

This page is for information about school-based P-EBT benefits issued on P-EBT cards. If you have questions about benefits for children age 5 or younger, please see the P-EBT 5 and Younger FAQ webpage.

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