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Posted on: June 3, 2020

Pandemic EBT Program


Pandemic EBT Program

Applications extended to July 31, 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act authorized the implementation of Pandemic EBT (P-EBT), a federal initiative to provide students age 5-18 that currently receive free and reduced price meals with a replacement food benefit to pay for groceries while schools are physically closed.

This new, temporary program provides a lump sum food benefit of $325 per child to families to replace benefits they would otherwise have received during the school year. 

If you have a child aged 5-18 (on September 1, 2019) you may be eligible for programs that help you buy food.

If you have children and were receiving SNAP or MFIP as of March 18, 2020, you will receive an automatic benefit on your EBT card.  No further action needed. 

If you weren’t receiving SNAP or MFIP but your child was receiving free or reduced lunch, you can apply for P-EBT to help buy food for your family:

Participants with questions can call 651-431-4050 or 800-657-3698, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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