Additional food assistance through Pandemic EBT program
7/1/2020 Minnesota Department of Human Services

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With statewide school closures, families with children who were receiving free or reduced-price school meals are no longer able to access these meals to keep their children well-nourished. Authorized under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and approved by the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, these families in Minnesota will now be eligible to receive additional benefits to purchase food as part of the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is working with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to issue P-EBT food benefits to eligible families with children. 

Families who have not yet received P-EBT benefits now have until July 31, 2020 to apply. The application can be found online. 

DHS received approval from USDA to expand P-EBT eligibility to certain children in Pre-K. 

  • Eligible Pre-K students must have been enrolled in a district that was receiving free and reduced-price school meals prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Families who already received P-EBT benefits may still apply if their Pre-K children were not included in their original application. 
  • The same online application must be used in order to receive P-EBT for Pre-K children. 

Minnesota has established a “Summer P-EBT” benefit to provide an additional, one-time food benefit of $100 per child. 

  • Many Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP) and Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) households with children will automatically receive Summer P-EBT if they were enrolled during the pandemic. 
  • Families that apply and qualify for P-EBT benefits will automatically receive Summer P-EBT.

If you need of assistance or translation help, please contact the DHS P-EBT hotline at 800-657-3698 (an online help form is also available). The P-EBT hotline is accessible Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional information can be found in the P-EBT FAQ.