Additional pandemic-EBT benefits available to families with children younger than 5

Families receiving food support may be eligible for additional pandemic-EBT dollars for their children younger than five.

According to the state Department of Human Services, families already on SNAP, MFIP, or TANF do not need to take any further action, and should get contacted by DHS by mail or by text with more information.

Beginning in late May, up to $75 in additional monthly food support will be loaded onto pandemic EBT cards for each child younger than five.

New school-based benefits may also be available, so families should ensure up-to-date information is on hand at schools, including free and reduced lunch paperwork.

For answers to questions, families can get assistance in multiple languages by completing the P-EBT Help Form or by calling the P-EBT Hotline at 651-431-4608 or 833-454-0153 Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning in early June.

The hotline staff do not have access to case-specific information about P-EBT 5 and Younger so cannot answer individual eligibility questions until early June. For school-based benefits questions, families should contact the hotline; schools do not have capacity to field these calls at this time.

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