The Minnesota Department of Human Services is offering additional funds for the families of children ages 5 to 18 who qualify for free and reduced-price meals. This new program, called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT), will provide $325 per child that families can use to purchase nutritious food for their household. Families with children who received free or reduced-price meals at school, and who were between the ages of 5 and 18 on Sept. 1, 2019, may qualify.
The application window will be extended through July 31, 2020.
Benefits are available to two groups:
- Families receiving Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits on March 18, 2020. Benefits for these families were issued automatically and appeared on their EBT balance on May 30, 2020.
- Families receiving free or reduced-price school meals, but not SNAP or MFIP benefits. These families need to fill out a short application for a P-EBT card. Families can apply between June 8, 2020, and July 31, 2020. If approved, families will receive a P-EBT card in the mail, which will arrive with the funds preloaded.
You can find sample outreach materials on the MDE website, including a flyer translated into Hmong, Russian, Somali and Spanish.