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P-EBT
P-EBT
Kevin Grover
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a temporary food benefit available to Minnesota families with children who would have received free or reduced-price meals if schools were open.

Who is eligible for the 2020-2021 P-EBT Program?

To be eligible, K-12 students must qualify for free or reduced-price meals and their school must also meet certain requirements. Students qualify for free or reduced-price meals in one of two ways:

  • Receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF) benefit.
  • Approved for free or reduced-price school meals through the Application for Education Benefits at the child’s school. 

In addition, their school must meet certain requirements for each month of benefits. Qualifying students receive monthly benefits when:

  • The school reports distance learning for a majority of the month OR
  • The school reports hybrid learning for a majority of the month OR
  • The student elected distance learning for at least 11 days in a month.

What do I need to do now?

To receive benefits, your child must be enrolled in SNAP, the Minnesota Family Investment Program, Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or approved for free or reduced-price school meals through their school. There is no separate P-EBT application process for the school year 2020-2021. 

Your family’s eligibility for the 2020-2021 P-EBT program may be different from your eligibility for the 2019-2020 P-EBT program. To ensure your child is considered for benefits covering the full school year:

  • Make sure your school has your current address and contact information
  • Apply for free or reduced-price school meals by asking your school for an Application for Educational Benefits if you are not already approved for free or reduced-price meals for the 2020-2021 school year.

If you have questions, please visit  https://mn.gov/dhs/p-ebt/  or contact Michelle at 218-283-2571 Ext 1181.

To ensure your benefits arrive as soon as possible, be sure to qualify for free or reduced-price school meals before Feb. 28, 2021.

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