5/29/2020 12:00:00 PM
Many children in Minnesota rely on free or reduced-price school meals, and when schools closed statewide due to COVID-19, these children were missing an important source of nutritious food. To compensate, the federal government has approved Minnesota to issue Pandemic EBT: a one-time food benefit for families with children who would have otherwise received free or reduced-price school meals.
Families are eligible for P-EBT benefits if they have a child or children who were between the ages of 5 and 18 as of Sept. 1, 2019, and:
Eligible families who had an open SNAP or MFIP case as of March 18, 2020, will receive P-EBT benefits automatically on their existing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. They do not need to request a different card or take any action.
Eligible families with children who received free or reduced-price school meals this past year – but who did not have an open SNAP or MFIP case as of March 18 – must apply online for a P-EBT card any time between June 8 and July 31, 2020. They can apply at www.mn.p-ebt.org. If approved, families will receive a Minnesota P-EBT card in the mail within 10 business days with instructions to activate the card. All eligible families will receive P-EBT benefits as long as they apply by July 31.
Households eligible for P-EBT will receive $325 in food benefits for each child who was between the ages of 5 and 18 as of Sept. 1, 2019. The benefit amount represents the value of school lunches that children would have received during the school closures.
For more information on P-EBT, view these /dhs/p-ebt/faqs/index.jspanswers to frequently asked questions about the program.
Beginning June 1, families can contact the P-EBT hotline with questions: