The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has opened a new avenue for meal assistance for children.
Families with children receiving reduced-cost or free school lunches can apply for an additional $325 per child through a benefit card called the Pandemic EBT card, or P-EBT. This one-time deposit can be spent at farmers markets or grocery stores for up to one year.
Families already using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) should have already received the additional benefits, the state DHS says.
Applications opened Monday and will stay open until June 30. Benefits are issued about 10 days after submitting an application, the DHS says.
Families can apply for the benefits in addition to any other services they are already receiving.
The DHS expects to issue as much as $113,750,000 via the program.
Pandemic Electronic Balance Transfer card (P-EBT) hotline: 651-431-4050 or 800-657-3698; available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Minnesota Food Helpline: 888-711-1151 and available at hungersolutions.org