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Minnesota's Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) program has been extended and expanded

Earlier this week, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) announced that the deadline to apply for Pandemic EBT benefits (P-EBT) has been extended one month to July 31, 2020. The P-EBT program, a partnership between the DHS and the Minnesota Department of Education, provides a one-time benefit of $325 per eligible child to help meet the nutritional needs of children during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. So far, the program has served well over 100,000 school children.

For those Minnesota households with school-age children that receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and/or MFIP (Minnesota Family Investment Program) benefits, do not have to do anything to receive P-EBT benefits as the $325 per child payment has (or will) be loaded onto the head-of-households current Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. DHS has also announced that an additional one-time benefit of $100 per child will be added to EBT cards as part of the new Summer P-EBT initiative.

Additionally, the P-EBT program has now been expanded to include pre-K school children ages 3 to 4 (previously the program only served children from the ages of 5 to 18). Eligibility for these expanded benefits means that – Your Pre-K child(ren) must have been enrolled in a district Pre-K program where they were receiving free/reduced school lunch prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. To apply for the expanded P-EBT benefits (for 3 and 4-year-olds), please visit the Code for America website at  (Note: Head Start participants do not qualify for P-P-EBT benefits).

Moreover, there are tens of thousands of P-EBT eligible households that still need to apply to receive their benefits. This includes families whose children receive free or reduced-priced lunch, were enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision School, or access food through the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR). Again, you must apply for these benefits online at Applications are available in English, Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Vietnamese, and Russian.

And, as a final reminder, the DHS wants all Minnesota households to know that “applying for P-EBT will not affect enrollment in any other program.” Furthermore, “receiving P-EBT benefits does not impact your or your child's immigration status,” nor does the Public Charge rule apply to P-EBT benefits. 

The DHS has established a telephone hotline to address P-EBT related questions. This hotline – which can be reached at (651) 431-4050 or (800) 657-3698 – is available Monday through Friday during the month of July from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Central Time. Additional information will also be posed on a dedicated DHS webpage at

Our Impact This Year

  • People Who Received Utility Bill Assistance


  • Children Enrolled in Head Start & Early Head Start


  • People Whose Utility Bills Were Lowered Through Home Weatherization


  • Workers Provided with Transportation Support Including Vehicle Loans, Repair Grants, and Transit Passes


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