The MN government is allowing people to apply for an extra $325 per child because of missed school meals from Covid-19 school closures.
Low-income people have the option to apply for Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer or P-EBT. It’s a one-time payment of $325 per child that people on government aid with children may apply for, along with people who had children in school receiving free meals. The $325 amount represents the cost of the meals that the child missed out on from school closures.
Parents can now apply for temporary food support for children who receive free or reduced-price school meals. Apply online at https://t.co/uqjJLLnerl by June 30. Eligible families will get a P-EBT card in the mail within 30 days. For more info, see https://t.co/71V49OCeXt. pic.twitter.com/Z0tbFpvBQR— Minnesota DHS (@MinnesotaDHS) June 8, 2020
A multi-organization project, the P-EBT payments are another attempt to get food in the hands of low-income people. It’s a joint project between the MN Department of Education, the MN Department of Human Services, and Code For America, having been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration.
This is not the first government program to get food in the hands of school kids during Covid-19, but being aided by previous programs does not disqualify people from receiving P-EBT. The cut-off date for applications is June 30th.