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Need help buying groceries?

If your child was between the ages of 5 and 18 on September 1, 2019 and was eligible for free or reduced-price meals during the 2019-20 school year, you could receive $325 per child in Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits. These benefits can help your family buy groceries.

If your children received free/reduced-price meals but you did NOT receive SNAP/MFIP benefits during the distance learning period:

  • You will need to apply for the funds by July 31, 2020.
  • The benefit is available even if your child received school meals during the distance learning period.
  • If you are found eligible, you will receive a card (by US mail) you can use to buy groceries at most local grocery stores.
  • Be sure to apply by Friday, July 31, 2020.

If your family was receiving SNAP or MFIP benefits on March 18, 2020: The benefit was automatically added to your EBT card balance and you do not need to apply.

If you have questions about this program, please call 800-657-3698. 

If your family is having trouble buying healthy food, please contact your local county or tribal human services agency or the Minnesota Food HelpLine at or 651-486-9860.