Apply for $325 Per Child for Groceries by 06/30
Friday, June 12, 2020 12:05 AM

On May 28, 2020, Minnesota was approved to offer $325 per child to help buy groceries for families whose children were between the ages of 5 and 18 on September 1, 2019, and received free or reduced-price meals during the 2019-20 school year. All students at your school receive free lunch, which means your family should qualify for these funds. Apply by June 30 at

To access these benefits, please see the instructions that match your specific situation below.

If your family was receiving SNAP or MFIP benefits on March 18, 2020: You are eligible for these benefits, and $325 per child will be added to your EBT card balance. You do not need to apply for these benefits or take any additional action, as this benefit is automatic.

If your family received free meals during the past school year and does not receive SNAP or MFIP: You will need to complete an application for benefits at When you are approved, you will receive your card in the mail, and you can use it to purchase groceries at any EBT-approved grocery stores. You will receive $325 per child, which will be preloaded onto the card. If you do not complete the short application before June 30, you will not receive these benefits. No social security numbers are required. You only need to provide your child’s date of birth and school, and a parent/guardian’s name, date of birth and home address.

These benefits are available even if your child continued to receive meals through your school. By signing up for these benefits, you will not be enrolling in SNAP, MFIP, free or reduced-price meals or any other program. Participating in this program won’t affect public charge.

If you have questions about requesting or using these benefits, please contact the P-EBT Hotline at 651.431.4050 or 800.657.3698.

If your family is struggling to afford healthy food to eat, please contact your local county or tribal human services agency, apply for additional benefits at, or contact the Minnesota Food HelpLine at 651.486.9860 or 888.711.1151.

Thank you, and stay safe and healthy.