Food Benefit Program - Apply Now

Published on Feb 18, 2021

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a temporary federal program paying cash benefits to Minnesota families with children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals. 

To receive benefits, your child must be enrolled in SNAP, the Minnesota Family Investment Program, Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or approved for free or reduced-price school meals through their school. There is no separate P-EBT application process for the 2020-21 school year.

Your family’s eligibility for the 2020-2021 P-EBT program may be different from your eligibility for the 2019-2020 P-EBT program. To ensure your child is considered for benefits covering the full school year:

  • Make sure your school has your current address and contact information.
  • Apply for free or reduced-price school meals or check your free/reduced status at: To request a paper copy or help with the Application for Educational Benefits call 952-681-6570. 

To ensure your benefits arrive as soon as possible, be sure to qualify for free or reduced-price school meals before Feb. 28, 2021.

Learn more and apply