COVID-19 Updates

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program

What is P-EBT?

The Minnesota Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program is a partnership between the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) offering temporary food assistance to households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) benefits. Families with children between the ages of 5 and 18 on September 1, 2019 and who are eligible to receive free and reduced-price meals can apply online from June 8-July 31, 2020. Eligible families can get up to $325 per child to spend on groceries.

Who do I contact with questions?

There is a hotline (651-431-4050 or 800-657-3698) dedicated to answering questions on the P-EBT program. It is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please call this number if you have questions about the P-EBT program.

P-EBT related questions can also be submitted online.

Check out the P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions website and the news release from DHS for additional information.

What promotional resources are available?

The following communication materials can be used to promote P-EBT. The documents are in Microsoft Word to allow you to tailor the message to your particular school. The translated documents are being updated to reflect the new deadline of July 31, 2020 and revised versions will be posted soon.

Sample letter for families for P-EBT

Sample Social Media Communications for P-EBT

Sample flyer for P-EBT in Word and PDF

Sample flyer for P-EBT in Hmong, Russian, Somali and Spanish