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Additional food benefits available now

Minnesota families can get more money to put food on the table

Even as the news of COVID-19 vaccination rates improves and infection rates in the state trending downward, many Minnesota families are struggling to put food on the table. University of Minnesota Extension educators continue to support and spread the word about food access efforts to provide healthy, safe and culturally relevant food.

Pandemic EBT providing additional food benefits to eligible families with children

This past spring P-EBT or Pandemic-EBT (electronic benefits transfer) provided additional food benefits to eligible families with children in Minnesota. P-EBT benefits have continued during the 2020-2021 school year providing critical support for families to buy healthy, nourishing food.

Students eligible for free or reduced-priced meals are eligible for P-EBT funds throughout the 2020-2021 school year. P-EBT funds can be used to increase healthy food purchasing power. For some families, P-EBT could mean thousands of dollars in grocery money, which is a critical help for struggling families.

Help spread the word about the new round of P-EBT

Our partners at Hunger Solutions have created easy-to-share materials. These include:

●      Printable fliers.

●      Sample emails for families. 

●      Sample text scripts. 

●      Sample social media posts and graphics. 

●      Translated materials in Spanish, Somali and Hmong.

Check out all of the materials in one convenient place

Time is of the essence in getting the word out to families. Students enrolled in free and reduced-price meals BEFORE Feb. 28 should get their first P-EBT benefits by late March. Those enrolled March 1 or later will get benefits later. 

If your families have questions about P-EBT or need help finding other food resources, they can call the Minnesota Food HelpLine at 888-711-1151 or email helpline@hungersolutions.org.


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