Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT)
Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) is a temporary food benefit available to Minnesota families with children in grades K-12 who would have received free or reduced-price meals if schools were open. P-EBT has changed for the 2020-21 school year. Families eligible last year are not necessarily eligible for P-EBT this year.
If you haven't applied yet, submit an Application for Educational Benefits to be considered.
Student must be:
- Approved for free and reduced-price school meals through the Application for Educational Benefits; or
- Enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
In addition, benefits will only be issued to these students when:
- They were in distance and/or hybrid learning for the majority of school days in a month.
Students who spent the majority of school days doing in-person learning in a month will not receive any food benefits for that month even if they are in an eligible student category (as above).
Applying for the 2020-21 P-EBT benefits
There is no separate P-EBT application. Families must be approved for free and reduced-price school meals to be considered for P-EBT benefits. SNAP, MFIP, and Tribal TANF students are automatically qualified.
- Applications for Educational Benefits will be considered for the earliest benefit issuance.
- You do not have to do anything if you are already on SNAP, MFIP, Tribal TANF, or if you have already applied for free and reduced-price school meals for the 2020-21 school year.
- Make sure the school has your current address and contact information. This is to ensure P-EBT cards are mailed to the correct address.
- Pre-K children will not be included at this time.
- Families approved for free and reduced-price school meals will be notified when they can expect to receive P-EBT benefits.
- All students approved for free or reduced-price meals will receive P-EBT benefits retroactive to September for the months they meet the learning model requirement.
- Each child will get a different food benefit amount based on their school’s learning model. See the frequently asked questions on the Minnesota Department of Human Services P-EBT webpage for examples.
If you are not certain whether you need to fill out an application for free and reduced-price school meals for this school year, please contact ISD 622 Nutrition Services at 651-748-7530.
P-EBT Overview (Minnesota Department of Education document)
P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions (link to the Minnesota Department of Human Services)