In addition to keeping people away from work, shelter-in-place orders across the country have kept children away from school for nearly two months. This has been particularly devastating for the millions of children who receive free and reduced-price meals every day through the National School Lunch Program.
In response, 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 to families to replace benefits they would otherwise have received during the school year.
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. 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: www.mn.p-ebt.org