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Posted on: August 18, 2020

Pandemic EBT Benefits Extended

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Pandemic EBT Benefits Extended

Minnesota is now offering an additional $100 in Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) food benefits for families of children who received free or reduced-price meals in the 2019-2020 school year. These benefits can help your family purchase groceries and are available even if your child is participating in other programs over the summer. P-EBT is a benefit for your child, and applying does not affect enrollment in any other program. Families will receive $100 in P-EBT food benefits for each eligible child.

If you were enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) at any time between March 18 and July 1, your benefits will be automatic. If you have already applied for P-EBT benefits, your benefits will also be automatic. If you are not enrolled in these programs, but your child was receiving free or reduced-price school meals this year – or your family accesses food through the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) – you will need to apply for these benefits before July 31, 2020. Families of children receiving free or reduced-price meals through a pre-K program may also qualify.

Families receiving SNAP or MFIP or who have already applied for P-EBT benefits

  • Benefits will be loaded automatically to your existing EBT or P-EBT card. You do not need to apply.

Families getting free/reduced-price meals or FDPIR, but not SNAP/MFIP

  • You must apply at
  • If eligible, you will receive both regular P-EBT benefits of $325 per child and the additional benefit of $100 per child. A card will be mailed to you.

Need assistance?

If you applied for P-EBT benefits in the past but did not include your pre-K child, these children may be eligible for this additional benefit. Please reapply through the P-EBT application at, listing only your pre-K child.

If you have questions, or need help applying for or using your P-EBT benefits, contact the P-EBT Hotline at 800-657-3698. 

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