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Pandemic-EBT Benefits for Families

Pandemic-EBT Benefits for Families

Students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals may be eligible for Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) to purchase food for days they are not in the school building. To be considered, households must submit an application for free or reduced-price meals and be approved for the 2020-21 school year, or be approved for Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a federal temporary emergency nutrition benefit that is loaded on electronic cards for families to purchase food. P-EBT was first implemented for the end of the 2019-20 school year. Congress made changes to the program for the 2020-21 school year, including the addition of a school learning model component to determine eligibility. P-EBT is jointly implemented by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). If you do not want your information shared with MDE and DHS, please click here for more information.

Families who received P-EBT benefits last summer are not automatically eligible; eligibility is based on the current school year. Benefits may be retroactive to September 2020, depending on when eligibility for free or reduced-price meals is determined. To ensure you qualify for the most benefits, please submit your application as soon as possible.

The P-EBT Hotline is operated by the Minnesota Department of Human Services Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. to answer questions about P-EBT benefits. Call 651-431-4608 or 1-833-454-0153 or submit questions through the P-EBT Help Form, which is available in multiple languages.

View P-EBT resources and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for families on the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) P-EBT webpage.

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