New federal benefit helps you buy food

  • What is P-EBT?

    Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a federal temporary emergency nutrition benefit available to families with children who are approved for Educational Benefits and when school operations are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. P-EBT was first implemented in the spring of 2020 in response to school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. P-EBT is a joint effort between the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS).

    The P-EBT program for the 2021-22 school year, and the 2022 summer benefit have closed.  If you need assistance:

    Questions? Contact Nutrition Services at

    Need more food help? If you are eligible for P-EBT, you might also be eligible for SNAP. Contact the Minnesota Food HelpLine to see if you are eligible at 1-888-711-1151.

    If you need additional help providing food and/or supplies for your family, the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf can help. Call 651-621-6280 or visit