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Deadline extended, new benefits available for Pandemic EBT

7/10/2020 12:00:00 PM

Due to a deadline extension, eligible families now have until July 31 to apply for Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer, which provides a food benefit to make up for free or reduced-price meals that children would have otherwise received during the last few months of school.

DHS issues P-EBT benefits in a lump sum of $325 per eligible child to purchase food.

Minnesota has also expanded P-EBT to provide an additional food benefit through the summer. With Summer P-EBT, each eligible child will receive an additional $100 food benefit. Eligibility follows P-EBT guidelines. Those who are eligible and have applied for P-EBT will receive the Summer P-EBT benefit automatically; those who are eligible to apply, but have not, can do so at www.mn.p-ebt.org. The department will issue the summer program funds in August. 

Qualifying families with children receiving free or reduced-price meals in the prior school year, who were already on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Minnesota Family Investment Program on March 18, 2020, received these benefits automatically on their existing EBT cards in late May. They did not need to apply online, and will also receive Summer P-EBT benefits automatically. Families who were receiving free or reduced meals for the 2019-2020 school year, but who were not also receiving SNAP or MFIP benefits in March, need to sign up for a benefits card, known as a P-EBT card, to receive P-EBT and Summer P-EBT funds. Eligible families can do this by applying at www.mn.p-ebt.org.

Also new this July, children enrolled in a school district pre-K program who received federal free and reduced-price meals will be eligible to receive P-EBT and Summer P-EBT benefits. Eligible families – including those who were receiving SNAP or MFIP benefits – must apply online at www.mn.p-ebt.org. Eligible families must apply for their pre-K children even if they previously applied or received automatic benefits for their school-age children. If an eligible family has not applied yet for P-EBT or Summer P-EBT, they can do so for both pre-K and school-age children in the same application.

Find more information in the /dhs/p-ebt/faqs/index.jspfrequently asked questions about P-EBT, the department's news release or by calling the DHS P-EBT hotline at:

  • 651-431-4050 or 800-657-3698
  • Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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