The attached documents are for a program providing a $325 EBT card for every school-aged child in a household. If students qualified for free or reduced lunch parents still have to apply, but are guaranteed acceptance. If they did not qualify or did not complete forms, parents can still apply and they might qualify because we do not charge for school meals. (They may be denied because we choose this and it is not part of a government program.) Applications are due by June 30th.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services is now offering additional funds for the families of children ages 5-18 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, 2020, may qualify. Benefits are available to two groups:
- Families receiving the 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 www.mn.p-ebt.org. If approved, families will receive a P-EBT card in the mail, which will arrive with the funds preloaded.
Families in need of assistance accessing or using their P-EBT benefits are urged to contact the P-EBT hotline at 651-431-4050 or 800-657-3698.
If your family or someone you know needs additional ongoing assistance accessing healthy foods, please contact your local tribal or county human services office, visit ApplyMN, or call the Minnesota Food HelpLine at hungersolutions.org or 888-711-1151.
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