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MDE Nutrition Bulletin - P-EBT
MDE Nutrition Bulletin - P-EBT
Trish Gausen
Thursday, June 11, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Human Services is now 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. 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 will be issued automatically and will appear on their EBT balance on May 30, 2020. These families do not need to take any action to receive these benefits.
  • 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 June 30, 2020, at If approved, families will receive a P-EBT card in the mail, which will arrive with the funds preloaded.

We need your help to communicate this important information to families you serve. You may use the following communication materials to promote P-EBT. The documents are provided in Microsoft Word to allow you to tailor the message to your particular school.

P-EBT letter for families

P-EBT social media messages

P-EBT flyer